Arrott Surname History

The ancient Pictish-Scottish family that first used the name Arrott lived in the lands of Arrat, near Brechin in Angus. While the name is quite rare there now, in the middle of the 16th century, the name was quite well known.

Early Origins of the Arrott family

The surname Arrott was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from very early times, some say from about the 11th century. William of Arrath held the lands of Arrat in Brechin in Angus about 1250.

Important Dates for the Arrott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arrott research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1264, 1296, 1378, 1473, 1528 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Arrott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arrott Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Arrott has been spelled Arath, Arrath, Arat, Aratt, Aratts, Arratt, Arrat, Arrot, Arroth, Arrott, Arrothe, Arrathe, Arrade and many more.

Early Notables of the Arrott family (pre 1700)

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Arrott migration to the United States

This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Arrott:

Arrott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Arrott and his two children, who landed in New York State in 1821 followed by Robert in 1822
  • Isaac, James, and William Arrott, all, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1801 and 1858

Contemporary Notables of the name Arrott (post 1700)

  • James Arrott, American politician, U.S. Consul in Dublin, 1855-58; Belfast, 1858 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 2) . Retrieved from
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