Archer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The noble French surname Archer is of occupational origin, deriving from the trade or profession pursued by the first bearer. In this instance, the surname Archer derives from the French word "archer" which signifies "bowman," deriving from the Latin word "arcuarius or arcarius" which signifies "bow." Therefore, the surname Archer was used to distinguish a bowman or a maker of bows.

Early Origins of the Archer family

The surname Archer was first found in the southern region of Provence. An early reference to the Archer name, shows that the Arquier family in Provence was listed among the ancient aristocracy of France.

Early History of the Archer family

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Archer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Arquette, Arquier, Archer, Larquer, Larcher and many more.

Early Notables of the Archer family (pre 1700)

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Archer migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Archer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gabriel Archer, who arrived in New England in 1602 [1]
  • Georg Archer, who landed in Virginia in 1618 [1]
  • Samuel Archer, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 [1]
  • Jo Archer, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Geo Archer, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
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Archer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Archer, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [1]
  • Michael Archer, who landed in Virginia in 1726 [1]
  • Thomas Archer, who arrived in Georgia in 1747 [1]
  • George Archer, who landed in New Jersey in 1764 [1]
  • Alexander Archer, his wife Jane, and four children, settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
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Archer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Vincent Archer, aged 10, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1839 [1]
  • Mary Archer, aged 6, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1839 [1]
  • Augustus Archer, aged 12, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1839 [1]
  • Benj Archer, aged 35, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1839 [1]
  • Charlotte Archer, aged 32, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1839 [1]
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Archer migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Archer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Christopher Archer settled at St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1703 [2]
  • Richard Archer was a Constable in Trinity, Newfoundland, in 1730 [2]
  • Hy Archer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Archer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Archer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Margaret Archer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • Thomas Archer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • Ellen Archer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1844

Archer migration to Australia

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

Archer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Archer, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • James Archer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [4]
  • Elizabeth Archer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [4]
  • Henry Archer, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • William Archer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849 [6]
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Archer 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:

Archer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Archer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • William Archer, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • Harriet Archer, aged 33, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • William J. Archer, aged 13, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • Alice J. Archer, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
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Contemporary Notables of the name Archer (post 1700)

  • Anne Archer (b. 1947), American actress named Miss Golden Globe in 1971
  • Lee Archer, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Lee Buddy Archer, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 9 aerial victories
  • Mrs. Natasha Archer M.V.O., (b. 1988), British Personal Assistant to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order on 29th December 2018 [7]
  • Michael "Mick" Archer (1943-2018), Irish Gaelic footballer who played as a right corner-forward for the Cork senior football team in 1965
  • Thomas Archer (1668-1743), English architect, known for his work on St John Evangelist, Westminster, Birmingham Cathedral, founding governor of the Foundling Hospital in London in 1739
  • Bertram Stuart Trevelyan Archer GC, OBE, ERD (1915-2015), British soldier awarded the George Cross Medal for extensive work on defusing German bombs dropped on United Kingdom during World War II, the first recipient of the Victoria Cross or the George Cross to reach 100 years of age
  • Peter Kingsley Archer PC (1926-2012), Baron Archer of Sandwell, British Labour Party member of the House of Lords
  • Jeffrey Howard Archer (b. 1940), Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare, English author and politician
  • William Archer (1856-1924), Scottish author, critic, and translator
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Historic Events for the Archer family

Empress of Ireland
  • Master Alfred Cecil Archer (1912-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Elbow, Saskatchewan, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Tracey Harley Archer (1881-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Elbow, Saskatchewan, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [8]
  • Mrs. Mary Ruth Archer (1881-1914), née Congdon Canadian Second Class Passenger from Elbow, Saskatchewan, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Joseph Archer, English 1st Class Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [9]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Ernest Edward Archer, aged 36, English Able Seaman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 3 [10]

Citations

  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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN from London 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840John.htm
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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