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Where did the Scottish Arbuckle family come from? What is the Scottish Arbuckle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arbuckle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arbuckle family history?

In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Arbuckle as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived in Lanarkshire. The Arbuckle surname is a habitational name, taken on from the place name Arbuckle (or Arnbuckle), in the parish of Airdrie, Lanarkshire. The Gaelic name for the place was earrann buachaille, meaning the "herdsman's portion" (of land).

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The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. Arbuckle has been spelled Arbuckle, Arnbuckle, Arbukile, Arbukill, Arbuckell, Arbuckles, Arbucles, Arbucle, Arbukle and many more.

First found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arbuckle research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1499, 1511, 1624, 1685, 1700, 1742, and 1838 are included under the topic Early Arbuckle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arbuckle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Arbuckle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 255 words(18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them:

Arbuckle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Archebald Arbuckle, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • William Arbuckle, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1684
  • John Arbuckle, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • John Arbuckle who landed in America and settled in New Jersey in 1685

Arbuckle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Arbuckle, who landed in New Hampshire in 1748
  • James Arbuckle settled in Augusta County VA. in 1762

Arbuckle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Col. Arbuckle, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Colonel Arbuckle, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Thomas Arbuckle settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1831
  • Joseph Arbuckle, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • Thomas Arbuckle, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834


Arbuckle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • James Arbuckle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Jotm Arbuckle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Arbuckle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William Arbuckle, aged 23, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • Jane Arbuckle arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834

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  • Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle (1887-1933), American actor, director, producer and screenwriter of silent film comedies
  • Macklyn Arbuckle (1863-1931), American actor
  • Andrew Arbuckle (1887-1938), American stage and film actor
  • Captain Matthew Arbuckle (1778-1851), Virginia born frontiersman, US Army soldier, made a brigadier general in 1830


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The Arbuckle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arbuckle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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