Ariss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The family name Ariss 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 Ariss name is a reference to Artois, France, where the family lived prior to emigrating to Scotland.

Early Origins of the Ariss family

The surname Ariss 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 Ariss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ariss research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1296, 1332, 1525, and 1565 are included under the topic Early Ariss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ariss Spelling Variations

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 Ariss family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Ariss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ariss migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ariss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Beatrice Ariss, aged 19, who landed in America from Bargold, Wales, in 1910
  • Charles Ariss, aged 31, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1912
  • Sydney Ariss, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Samuel Ariss, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Ariss (post 1700) +

  • John Ariss (1725-1799), American architect who has many buildings classified as National Historic Landmarks
  • Bruce Wallace Ariss Jr. (1911-1994), American artist and writer


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