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Arbalaster is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a arbalester, a person who either built or operated a 12th century variation of the medieval European crossbow named "arbalest." Derived from the Medieval French term, it actually dates back to Roman times when the crossbow was referred to as a "arcuballista."

Arbalaster Early Origins



The surname Arbalaster was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat after 1066.

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Arbalaster Spelling Variations


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Arbalaster Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Arbalaster has been recorded under many different variations, including Arblaster, Arblast, Alablaster, Alabaster, Allblaster, Arbalistrius, Arbalistarius, Albalistarius, Arbelestre, Aleblaster, Allyblaster, Arbalister, Arbelaster and many more.

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Arbalaster Early History


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Arbalaster Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arbalaster research. Another 417 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1140, 1198, 1198, 1273, 1273, 1278, 1296, 1565, 1624, 1700, 1567 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Arbalaster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Arbalaster Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Arbalaster Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arbalaster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Arbalasters were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: who migrated to North America before the 19th century and contributed to the development of a new society.

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