The rich and ancient history of the Arclay family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes from the given name Arkley,
which is a derivative of the Old Norse name Arnketill.
Early Origins of the Arclay family
The surname Arclay was first found in Northumberland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Arclay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arclay research.Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1256, 1273, 1331, 1379, 1455, 1595, 1676, 1688, 1760, 1385 and 1415 are included under the topic Early Arclay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Arclay Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Arclay have been found, including Arkley, Arkly, Arketel, Arkill, Arkell, Arkoll, Arkel, Arkle, Arcle, Arklay and many more.
Early Notables of the Arclay family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Maria van Arkel (c.
1385-1415), the only daughter and heiress of Lord John V of Arkel and Joanna of Jülich, inherited the title to Gelderland from her maternal... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arclay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Arclay family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Arclay, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Henry Arkle, who was recorded in Elgin County, Ontario in 1872 and Joseph Arkley, who was living in Carleton County, Ontario in 1879.