Ard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Ard. The Ard family lived in Ayrshire. Aird is a very small village, in the parish of Inch, county of Wigton and in the late 1800s had only 18 inhabitants. [1]

Early Origins of the Ard family

The surname Ard was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire. There are two possible origins of the surname: from Aird near Hurlford, Ayrshire; or from Aird, a village, in the parish of Inch, county of Wigton. [2] As mentioned above, the latter village had only 18 inhabitants [1] in a reference dated 1846, one must agree with Black that the family likely came from the village near Hurlford. "The Airds of Holl and the Airds of Nether Catrine in Ayrshire were ranked as old families." [2]

Early History of the Ard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ard research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1687, 1696, 1697, 1833, 1911 and 1902 are included under the topic Early Ard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ard Spelling Variations

Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Ard has been spelled Aird, Ard, Ayrd and others.

Early Notables of the Ard family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Ard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ard migration to the United States +

Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Ard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Ard who settled in Barbados in 1680 with servants
Ard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John, Jane, and Mary Ard, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
Ard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Augustus Ard, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Eliza Ard, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Annie Ard, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1895
Ard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank C. Ard, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Willie Ard, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1915
  • Leslie Ard, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1918
  • M. Ard, aged 60, who immigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1920
  • S. Ard, aged 17, who settled in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Ard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ard Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • William John Ard, aged 53, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1914

Contemporary Notables of the name Ard (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Julian "Sam" Ard (1939-2017), American professional stock car racing driver
  • Robert Ard, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1988 [3]
  • Frank Ard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1948 [3]
  • Emerson Lancoe Ard, American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate from Williamsburg County, 1927-34 [3]
  • James Kenneth "Ken" Ard (b. 1963), American politician, 88th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina (2011-2012)
  • William Donovan "Billy" Ard (b. 1959), American former football guard in the National Football League who played from 1981 to 1991
  • Ken Ard (b. 1960), American dancer, actor and singer
  • Jimmie Lee Ard (b. 1948), retired American professional basketball player
  • Ard Schenk (b. 1944), Dutch Olympic former speed skater
  • Ard Reynolds, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Greenwich, 1829 [4]


The Ard 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: Vigilantia
Motto Translation: Vigilance.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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