Archbold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Archbold 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 Archbold family

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

Early History of the Archbold family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Archbold 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 Archbold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Archbold Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Archbold, Archbald, Archibaldson, Archibald, Archibold, Harchbald, Arkanbaldus, Archebald and many more.

Early Notables of the Archbold family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Archbold family to Ireland

Some of the Archbold family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Archbold migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Archbold or a variant listed above:

Archbold Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Archbold, aged 19, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
  • George Archbold, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 [1]
Archbold Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Helen Archbold, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Bella Archbold, aged 32, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Archbold, aged 60, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Annie Archbold, aged 22, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1911
  • James Archbold, aged 29, who settled in America from Tullow, Ireland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Archbold migration to Australia +

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

Archbold Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Archbold, (Archibald), (b. 1816), aged 20, English soldier from York who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 5th July 1836, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Bridget Archbold, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames" [3]
  • Bridget Archbold, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [4]

New Zealand Archbold migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Archbold Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Archbold, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Melpomene' arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th August 1856 [5]
  • Thomas Archbold, aged 59, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Esther C. Archbold, aged 27, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • William Archbold, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Catherine Archbold, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Archbold (post 1700) +

  • Ralph Archbold, American contemporary speaker, best known for his impersonation of U.S. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin; in character he was present at the reopening of the Franklin Museum in Philadelphia
  • Richard Archbold (1907-1976), American zoologist and philanthropist, grandson of the John Dustin Archbold, eponym of Archbold's bowerbird
  • John Dustin Archbold (1848-1916), American business magnet, one of the United States' earliest oil refiners; his small oil company was bought out by John D Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company
  • Patrick Archbold (1725-1803), American Revolutionary War Patriot
  • John Frederick Archbold (1785-1870), Irish lawyer, know for his work "Summary of the Law relative to Pleading and Evidence in Criminal Cases" (1824)
  • Shane William Archbold (b. 1989), New Zealand professional racing cyclist
  • Sir Herbert Archbold Brechin, Scottish Knight, Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, and Lord Lieutenant, County of the City of Edinburgh

HMS Cornwall
  • Thomas Cuthbertson Archbold, British Lieutenant Engineer aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [6]


The Archbold 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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/captain-cook
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A


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