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The surname Archdale was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Norton Subcourse, which was held principally by Jocelyn of Norwich, a Norman freeman of the King, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Succeeded were the Archdales of Norton Hall.

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Archdale, Archdall, Archdell, Arkdale, Arkdell and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Archdale research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1610, 1000, 1635, 1810, 1642, 1717, 1695, 1696, 1172, 1610, 1614, 1641, 1689, 1700 and 1928 are included under the topic Early Archdale History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Archdale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Archdale family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Archdale or a variant listed above:

Archdale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Archdale, who settled in Carolina in 1682
  • Thomas Archdale, who arrived in South Carolina in 1670-1683
  • John Archdale, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1683

Archdale Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jela A. Archdale, who settled in Montana in 1887-1900

Archdale Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bryan Archdale, who arrived in Canada in 1827

Archdale Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Wm. Archdale, who arrived in Canada in 1914


  • Arthur Somerville Archdale DSO (1882-1948), English cricketer and Royal Artillery officer
  • Helen Elizabeth "Betty" Archdale (1907-2000), English educationalist and cricketer, captain of the English women's cricket team in 1934 and 1935
  • Alexander Archdale (1905-1986), India-born, British actor
  • Mervyn Edward Archdale (1812-1895), Irish soldier and politician, Member of Parliament for Fermanagh in 1834, Sheriff of Fermanagh in 1879, he inherited Castle Archdale
  • Sir Nicholas Edward Archdale (b. 1965), 4th Baronet of Riversdale, County of Fermanagh
  • Captain Sir Edward Archdale (1921-2009), 3rd Baronet of Riversdale, County of Fermanagh, Royal Navy Captain, submarine officer during World War II and politician in Northern Ireland
  • Vice-Admiral Sir Nicholas Edward Archdale (1881-1955), 2nd Baronet of Riversdale, County of Fermanagh, Aide-de-Camp to HM King George V in 1929, General Inspector, Ministry of Home Affairs North Ireland between 1931 and 1946
  • Sir Edward Mervyn Archdale (1853-1943), 1st Baronet of Riversdale, County of Fermanagh, Northern Irish politician, High Sheriff of Fermanagh for 1884, appointed to the Privy Council of Ireland in the 1921


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: Data fata secutus
Motto Translation: Following my destiny.


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Archdale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Archdale 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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