Archbell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Archbell Surname comes from the Norman French given name Archambault, which could also be found in more "Germanic" forms such as Arcenbaldus and Arcebaldus. The name came to British Isles in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1066.
Early Origins of the Archbell family
The surname Archbell was first found in throughout Southern England. As a personal name, Archbell can be found in the Domesday Book (1086) as Erchenbaldus, Arcenbaldus, and Arcebaldus. The first record of a Archbell surname appears to be Robert Archenbold, recorded in the Pipe Rolls for Gloucester in 1210.
Early History of the Archbell family
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Archbell Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Archbell are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Archbell include Archbold, Archbald, Archibaldson, Archibald, Archibold, Harchbald, Arkanbaldus, Archebald and many more.
Early Notables of the Archbell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Archbell family to Ireland
Some of the Archbell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Archbell family
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Archbell, or a variant listed above: James Archibald, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1627; George Archibald, who received a land grant in Virginia in 1676; David Archibald who arrived in Truro, N.S. before 1800.
Contemporary Notables of the name Archbell (post 1700) +
Historic Events for the Archbell family +
- Mr. Allen Walter Archbell (1912-1941), Australian Acting Leading Seaman from North Brighton, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking 
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The Archbell 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: Ut reficiar
Motto Translation: That I may be replenished.