The family name Arris 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 Arris name is a reference to Artois, France, where the family lived prior to emigrating to Scotland.
Early Origins of the Arris family
The surname Arris 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 Arris family
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Arris 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 Arris family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arris family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Arris Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Arris, who sailed to Virginia in 1642
Arris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- J. Adam Arris, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1752
Contemporary Notables of the name Arris (post 1700)
- Arris Idyl "A.I." Ferree (1890-1965), American politician and attorney, Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (1925 and 1943)
- Arris I. Ferree, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1932, 1948 (alternate); Lawyer; Candidate for U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1944