Archibald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Archibald comes from the is a Boernician region of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name derived from the personal name Arcebold or Arcenbald which means "right bold", "precious bold" or "holy prince".

Early Origins of the Archibald family

The surname Archibald 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 Archibald family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Archibald research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1545, 1785, 1822, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Archibald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Archibald Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries and printing presses went into use in the last few hundred years, spelling, particularly of names, was a largely intuitive matter. Consequently, many spelling variations occur in even the simplest names from the Middle Ages. Archibald has been spelled Archbold, Archbald, Archibaldson, Archibald, Archibold, Harchbald, Arkanbaldus, Archebald and many more.

Early Notables of the Archibald family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Archibald family to Ireland

Some of the Archibald family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Archibald migration to the United States +

The east coasts of the United States and Canada are still populated by many of the descendents of the Boernician-Scottish families who made that great crossing. They distributed themselves evenly when they first arrived, but at the time of the War of Independence those who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. This century, many of their ancestors have recovered their past heritage through highland games and other Scottish functions in North America. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that many immigrants bearing the name Archibald or a variant listed above:

Archibald Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Archibald, who received a land grant in Virginia in 1676
Archibald Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Archibald who arrived in New Hampshire in 1728
  • John Archibald, who landed in New England in 1730 [1]
  • Thomas Archibald, who arrived in America in 1791 [1]
Archibald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Archibald who arrived in Truro, Nova Scotia before 1800
  • Robert Archibald, aged 26, who landed in New Jersey in 1812 [1]
  • James Archibald who settled in Philadelphia in 1823
  • James Archibald, who landed in New York in 1825 [1]
  • Helen Louisa Archibald, who landed in New York in 1825 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Archibald migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Archibald Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • James Archibald, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1627
Archibald Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Archibald, Sr., U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 355 on board the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on Novemer 14, 1783 at East River, New York, married to Sarah was passenger 478 [2]
  • Mr. John Archibald, Jr., U.E., United Empire Loyalist, (b. 1769), aged 14, who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 c. 1783 son of John Archibald, Sr. was passenger number 545 on board the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, believed to have received land in Digby [2]
  • Miss Peggy Archibald, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, (b. 1768), aged 15, who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 c. 1783 daughter of John Archibald, Sr. was passenger number 544 on board the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [2]
  • Miss Jane Archibald, U.E., aka "Jennie", United Empire Loyalist, (b. 1766), aged 17, who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 c. 1783 daughter of John Archibald, Sr. was passenger number 543 on board the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, married Phineas Arnold [2]
  • Miss Sarah Archibald, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, (b. 1764), aged 19, who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 c. 1783 daughter of John Archibald, Sr. was passenger number 581 on board the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, may be mother to David Archibald, Sarah commited suicide in 1797 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Archibald Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ann Archibald, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830

Australia Archibald migration to Australia +

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

Archibald Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Archibald a cabinet maker, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [3]
  • Marion Archibald, Scottish convict from Stirling, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]

New Zealand Archibald 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:

  • Mary Ann Archibald, aged 31, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
Archibald Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Archibald, aged 41, a labourer, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • James Archibald, aged 5, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Mary Ann Archibald, aged 2, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Alexander Archibald, aged 8, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Mr. Archibald, British settler travelling from United Kingdom aboard the ship "Dominion" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 28th September 1851 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Archibald (post 1700) +

  • William C. Archibald, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Chañaral, 1927-29 [6]
  • Thomas Archibald, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Warren County, 1834 [6]
  • T. D. Archibald, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Sydney, 1861-65 [6]
  • Robert G. Archibald, American politician, Mayor of Rexburg, Idaho, 1911-15, 1921-23 [6]
  • Norm Archibald, American politician, Mayor of Abilene, Texas, 2013 [6]
  • John Archibald, American politician, Mayor of Cohoes, New York, 1906-07 [6]
  • Julius A. Archibald, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Senate 21st District, 1953-54 [6]
  • James Putnam Archibald (1912-2006), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1948; Justice of Maine State Supreme Court, 1971-80 [6]
  • J. S. Archibald, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 8th District, 1866 [6]
  • J. M. Archibald, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 18th District, 1876-77 [6]
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Archibald 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Archibald +

  • 3448 "Archbold (also Archibald) Genealogy and Selected Family Records and Memorabilia" by John Dana Archbold.

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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