Ardass History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ardass is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ardass family lived in Suffolk, where they were located since the early Middle Ages, but the name originated in the French province of Artois. [1]

Alternatively then name could have been derived from the Breton word "arth" which means "bear."

Early Origins of the Ardass family

The surname Ardass was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages. The name originated in the French province of Artois and was transferred to England with the conquest.

Early History of the Ardass family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ardass research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1500, 1524, 1568, 1619, 1649, 1661, 1674, 1724, 1655 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Ardass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ardass Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Artus, Artis, Artiss, Artois, Artoys, Artice, Artes, Arteis, Artson and many more.

Early Notables of the Ardass family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Artoys, a prominent 14th century landholder in Suffolk. Artus de Lionne (1655-1713), Abbé and Bishop of Rosalie in...
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Migration of the Ardass family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Ardass or a variant listed above were: Isac Artus, who sailed to America in 1709.



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


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