The surname Ardagh is toponymic in origin, belonging to a small number of Irish surnames which are drawn from place names. The place name Ardagh belongs to parishes in five different counties, as well as to the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. The Ardagh Chalice was discovered in 1868 in Reevassta Fort, in a place called Ardagh, three miles north of Newcastle West.
Early Origins of the Ardagh family
The surname Ardagh was first found in County Louth
(Irish: Lú) the smallest county in Ireland
, located on the East coast, in the Province of Leinster
, where Richard (de) Ardagh was a juror in 1299. Later mentions of the surname are of John Ardagh, a chaplain in the diocese of Armagh in the 15th century, Walter Ardagh, an archer at Mellifont in 1434, and Robert Ardagh a priest in Disert, County Louth
Early History of the Ardagh family
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Ardagh Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Ardagh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ardagh family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ardagh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Arthur and William Ardagh, who were both recorded in the 1871 census in Toronto, Ontario
Ardagh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Marchant Ardagh, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm
- Arthur Ardagh, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Ashburton" in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LORD ASHBURTON 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850LordAshburton.gif
Contemporary Notables of the name Ardagh (post 1700)
- Seán Ardagh (b. 1947), Irish politician
- Philip Ardagh (b. 1961), British children's author whose works have been translated into ten different languages
- William Davis Ardagh (1828-1893), Irish-born Canadian lawyer and politician
- Arjuna Ardagh, British-born, American based speaker and author
- John Ardagh (b. 1928), British journalist and author
The Ardagh 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: Mea gloria fides
Motto Translation: Mea gloria fides.