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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Arden surname lived in Ardern in the county of Warwick. The interpretation of the name, however, varies depending on the county of origin. In Cheshire, Kent and Hampshire, the name assumes the local meaning of dwelling-house, and in Yorkshire, it has the curious meaning of eagle valley or gravel valley.

Arden Early Origins



The surname Arden was first found in the county of Warwickshire, from very ancient times, when Hugh de Arden recovered some of his family's lost estates after the Norman Conquest in 1066. Henry de Arden, his successor, about 1130 A.D. held five knights' fees from the Norman Earl of Warwick. This line can be traced to the present family seat at Longcroft Hall in Staffordshire.

"No family can claim a more noble origin that the house of Ardern, descended in the male line from the Saxon Earls of Warwick before the Conquest. The name of Arden was assumed from the Woodlands of Arden, in the North of Warwickshire, by Siward de Arden, in the reign of Henry I." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

"The priory of Shulbrede, about half a mile from the church, in a sequestered spot, was founded by Ralph de Arderne, about the beginning of the reign of Henry III., for five canons of the order of St. Augustine." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

John Arderne (1307-1392) was arguably England's first surgeon and one of the first of his time to devise workable cures. He hailed from Newark-on-Trent, Nottingham but moved to London where he is thought to have been admitted as a member of the Guild of Surgeons.


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Arden Spelling Variations


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Arden Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Arden are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Arden include: Ardern, Arden, Arderne, Adron, Harden, Ardin and many more.

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Arden Early History


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Arden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arden research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1843, 1452, 1542, 1583, 1537, 1608, 1523, 1570, 1558, 1636 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Arden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Arden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Arden Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Robert Arden who was executed in 1452 for supporting the uprising of Richard, Duke of York; Edward Arden (1542?-1583), an English nobleman and head of the Arden family, became a Catholic martyr upon his execution; Mary Arden, ( c. 1537-1608), the mother of William...

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arden 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 English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Arden or a variant listed above:

Arden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hen Arden, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Henry Arden, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Robert Arden, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Robert Arden, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Robert Arden, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • German Arden, who arrived in New York in 1796
  • John Arden, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

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Contemporary Notables of the name Arden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Arden (post 1700)



  • Edwin Hunter Pendleton Arden (1864-1918), American actor, theatre manager, and playwright
  • John R. Arden, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1st District, 1988, 1990
  • Hunter Arden, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 2008
  • Mark Arden (b. 1956), English comedian and actor
  • John Arden (b. 1930), award-winning English playwright
  • Tom Arden (1961-2015), pen name of David Rain, Australian-born, British science fiction and fantasy writer, best known for his Orokon five volume saga
  • The Rt Hon. Lady Mary Howarth Arden DBE (b. 1947), Baroness Mance, British judge
  • Richard Pepper Arden PC, KC (1744-1804), 1st Baron Alvanley, British barrister and politician
  • Donald Arden, Archbishop of Central Africa
  • Eve Arden (1908-1990), born Eunice M. Quedens, American Academy Award nominated actress, best known high school teacher in the classic Our Miss Brooks (radio and television)
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  11. ...

The Arden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arden 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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