Archbald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Archbald Surname comes from the Norman French given name Archambault, which could also be found in more "Germanic" forms such as Arcenbaldus and Arcebaldus. The name came to British Isles in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1066.

Early Origins of the Archbald family

The surname Archbald was first found in throughout Southern England. As a personal name, Archbald can be found in the Domesday Book (1086) as Erchenbaldus, Arcenbaldus, and Arcebaldus. The first record of a Archbald surname appears to be Robert Archenbold, recorded in the Pipe Rolls for Gloucester in 1210.

Early History of the Archbald family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Archbald research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1239, 1302, 1327, 1616, 1785, 1870, 1822, and 1650 are included under the topic Early Archbald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Archbald Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Archbold, Archbald, Archibaldson, Archibald, Archibold, Harchbald, Arkanbaldus, Archebald and many more.

Early Notables of the Archbald family (pre 1700)

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Archbald Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Archbald family to Ireland

Some of the Archbald family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Archbald migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Archbald Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Martha Archbald, aged 24, a domestic servant, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [1]


The Archbald Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ut reficiar
Motto Translation: That I may be replenished.


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm


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