Archbold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Archbold 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 as a personal (first) name in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1066, before becoming a surname.

Early Origins of the Archbold family

The surname Archbold was first found in Roxburghshire, about 30 miles southeast of Edinburgh. They had been settled from very ancient times in the Kelso area. Before the name became a surname, there was mention of an "Achebaldus filius Swani de Forgrunde," during the reign of King William, the Lion, of Scotland (1143-1214).

Early History of the Archbold family

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Archbold Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Archbold, Archbald, Archibaldson, Archibald, Archibold, Harchbald, Arkanbaldus, Archebald and many more.

Early Notables of the Archbold family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Archbold family to Ireland

Some of the Archbold family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Archbold migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Archbold Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Archbold, aged 19, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
  • George Archbold, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 [1]
Archbold Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Helen Archbold, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Bella Archbold, aged 32, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Archbold, aged 60, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Annie Archbold, aged 22, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1911
  • James Archbold, aged 29, who settled in America from Tullow, Ireland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Archbold migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Archbold Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Archbold, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames" [2]
  • Bridget Archbold, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [3]

New Zealand Archbold migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Archbold Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Archbold, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Melpomene' arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th August 1856 [4]
  • Thomas Archbold, aged 59, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Esther C. Archbold, aged 27, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • William Archbold, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Catherine Archbold, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Archbold (post 1700) +

  • Ralph Archbold, American contemporary speaker, best known for his impersonation of U.S. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin; in character he was present at the reopening of the Franklin Museum in Philadelphia
  • Richard Archbold (1907-1976), American zoologist and philanthropist, grandson of the John Dustin Archbold, eponym of Archbold's bowerbird
  • John Dustin Archbold (1848-1916), American business magnet, one of the United States' earliest oil refiners; his small oil company was bought out by John D Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company
  • Patrick Archbold (1725-1803), American Revolutionary War Patriot
  • John Frederick Archbold (1785-1870), Irish lawyer, know for his work "Summary of the Law relative to Pleading and Evidence in Criminal Cases" (1824)
  • Shane William Archbold (b. 1989), New Zealand professional racing cyclist
  • Sir Herbert Archbold Brechin, Scottish Knight, Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, and Lord Lieutenant, County of the City of Edinburgh

HMS Cornwall
  • Thomas Cuthbertson Archbold, British Lieutenant Engineer aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [5]


The Archbold 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.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A


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