The family name Aras is believed to be descended originally from the Norman race. The Normans
were commonly believed to be of French origin but were, more accurately, of Viking origin. The Vikings
landed in the Orkneys and Northern Scotland
about 870 AD, under their King, Stirgud the Stout. Later, under their Jarl, Thorfinn Rollo, they invaded France about 911 AD. The French King, Charles the Simple, after Rollo laid siege to Paris, finally conceded defeat and granted northern France to Rollo. Rollo became the first Duke of Normandy
. Duke William, who invaded and defeated England
in 1066, descended from the first Duke Rollo of Normandy. The Aras name is a reference to Artois, France, where the family lived prior to emigrating to Scotland.
Early Origins of the Aras family
The surname Aras was first found in Staffordshire
, where they were Lords of the manor of Arras from early times. They were descended from Bagod of Arras who was descended from the Carloviginian, Count of Artois. Sir Robert Arras held the village of Bromley in that shire from Robert De Toeni, he was Lord of the manor of Arras in Buckinghamshire
. But the main branch of the family moved north into Scotland
in the train of King David I of Scotland
about 1130, who granted them lands in Dumfries.
Early History of the Aras family
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Aras Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Arris, Aris, Ariss, Arras, Arres, Arros, Arrows, Arowes, Arwys, Arrarous, Arrous and many more.
Early Notables of the Aras family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aras family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nicholas Arras, who settled in Virginia in 1623; John Arris sailed to Virginia in 1642; John Aris sailed to Maryland in 1674; Charles Arras landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860.
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