Ardice History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Ardice family name to the British Isles. They lived in Suffolk, where they were located since the early Middle Ages, but the name originated in the French province of Artois. 
Alternatively then name could have been derived from the Breton word "arth" which means "bear."
Early Origins of the Ardice family
The surname Ardice 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 Ardice family
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Ardice Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Artus, Artis, Artiss, Artois, Artoys, Artice, Artes, Arteis, Artson and many more.
Early Notables of the Ardice 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 Ardice family
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ardice or a variant listed above: Isac Artus, who sailed to America in 1709.
- 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)