When the ancestors of the Arblast family arrived in England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066, they brought their name with them. 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."
Early Origins of the Arblast family
The surname Arblast was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
Early History of the Arblast family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arblast 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 Arblast History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Arblast Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Arblaster, Arblast, Alablaster, Alabaster, Allblaster, Arbalistrius, Arbalistarius, Albalistarius, Arbelestre, Aleblaster, Allyblaster, Arbalister, Arbelaster and many more.
Early Notables of the Arblast family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arblast family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Arblast or a variant listed above: who migrated to North America before the 19th century and contributed to the development of a new society.