Ardiss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Ardiss is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Ardiss family 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 Ardiss family
The surname Ardiss 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 Ardiss family
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Ardiss Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Artus, Artis, Artiss, Artois, Artoys, Artice, Artes, Arteis, Artson and many more.
Early Notables of the Ardiss 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...
Migration of the Ardiss family
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ardiss or a variant listed above: Isac Artus, who sailed to America in 1709.