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Where did the French Arden family come from? What is the French Arden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arden family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ardant, Ardante, Ardent, Ardans, Ardan, Ardent, Arden, Ardens, Arddant, Arddante, Arddent, Arddans, Arddan, Ardenne, Arddent, Ardden, Arddens, Ardente and many more.

First found in Limousin, where this ancient family has held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arden research. Another 330 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1453, 1568, and 1849 are included under the topic Early Arden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
  • Robt Arden, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Robert Arden, who landed in Virginia in 1642


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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  • Edwin Hunter Pendleton Arden (1864-1918), American actor, theatre manager, and playwright
  • 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)
  • Elizabeth Arden (1880-1966), Canadian businesswoman who built a cosmetics empire in the United States
  • Richard Pepper Arden PC, KC (1744-1804), 1st Baron Alvanley, British barrister and politician
  • John Arden (b. 1930), award-winning English playwright
  • The Rt Hon. Lady Mary Howarth Arden DBE (b. 1947), Baroness Mance, British judge
  • Mark Arden (b. 1956), English comedian and actor


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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: Omnibus solis virtutibus ardens
Motto Translation: All the virtues of burning

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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  6. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 16 March 2010 at 06:45.

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