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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


Ard Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
As mentioned above, the latter village had only 18 inhabitants [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

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Ard Spelling Variations


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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.

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Ard Early History


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Ard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ard research. Another 375 words (27 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.

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Ard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ard Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlanti c. 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 settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767

Ard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Augustus Ard, aged 30, who emigrated 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 emigrated 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 emigrated 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.)

Ard Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • William John Ard, aged 53, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1914

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ard (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Sam Ard (b. 1939), American former NASCAR race car driver
  • Jimmie Lee Ard (b. 1948), retired American professional basketball player
  • Robert Ard, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1988
  • Frank Ard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1948
  • Emerson Lancoe Ard, American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate from Williamsburg County, 1927-34

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  9. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
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The Ard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ard 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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