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Arten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , Scottish


The Arten family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Arten is derived from the Celtic personal name Arthur, which is of various and often disputed etymology. The personal name Arthur may be derived from some early cognate of the Gaelic "art" and the Welsh "arth" which means "bear" and may indicate early Celtic worship of that animal or one who has a high regard for that animal's virtuous qualities.


Early Origins of the Arten family


The surname Arten was first found in the county of Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, in south eastern Scotland where they have held a family seat from ancient times.

The Arthur family traced their descent from King Aedan Mac Gabrain, King of Dalriada, whose mother was a British Princess, and named his eldest son Arthur, and he was believed to be the first Gael to bear the name. The family name was recorded in the late 6th and early 7th century.


Early History of the Arten family


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Another 31 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1532 and are included under the topic Early Arten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arten Spelling Variations


Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Arten has appeared in various documents spelled Archibure, Arthuwire, Artheor, Arthurs, Arture, Harthawr, Artair, Artuir and many more.

Early Notables of the Arten family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Arten family to Ireland


Some of the Arten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Arten family to the New World and Oceana


Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Arten or a variant listed above: Joseph Arthur who settled in Virginia in 1623. Another Arthur settled in Barbados in 1679. Alexander Arthur arrived in Philadelphia in 1808; and many more..

The Arten 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: Impelle obstantia
Motto Translation: Thrust aside obstacles.


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