Arens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The colorful history of Germany provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Arens family. In the medieval era, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The ancient dukedom of Saxony derived its name from the Germanic tribe name the Saxons who inhabited the territory after the fall of the Roman Empire.

Early Origins of the Arens family

The surname Arens was first found in Saxony, where the family was well established by the Middle Ages. The name originated in the central German regions as a variation of the southern German "Arndt" and the northern German "Arnold." Early records show the name in Hamburg around the year 900.

Early History of the Arens family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arens research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1825, 1779, 1855, 1809, 1792 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Arens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arens Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ahrens, Arens, Ahrends, Ahrendt, Ahren, Aren, Ahrren, Ahrrens, Ahrenz and many more.

Early Notables of the Arens family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Arens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Arens migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Arens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Lysbet Arens, who arrived with a child in New Netherlands, NY, in 1664
  • Lysbet Arens, who arrived with child in New Netherlands, NY, in 1664
  • Bernhard Arens, who arrived in America in 1690 [1]
  • Lenart Arens, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1691 [1]
  • Lenart Arens, who settled in Germantown between 1691-1692
Arens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Grete Arens, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1706 [1]
  • Charles Arens, aged 19, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
  • John Arens, who landed in America in 1777 [1]
Arens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Arens, who arrived in New York, NY in 1827 [1]
  • Fr W Arens, who landed in America in 1841 [1]
  • Wilh Albert Arens, who landed in Texas in 1845 [1]
  • Heinr Arens, who landed in America in 1848 [1]
  • A M Arens, who landed in America in 1848 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Arens migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Arens Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. H. Arens, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Light Brigade" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th August 1868 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Arens (post 1700) +

  • Theodore H. Arens, American politician, Candidate for Minnesota State Senate 54th District, 1942 [3]
  • Richard Arens, American Republican politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Missouri 14th Circuit, 1946 [3]
  • Cody Arens (b. 1993), American Young Artist Award winning actor and voice actor, best known for the voice of Littlefoot in The Land Before Time television series
  • Egmont Arens (1889-1966), American publisher of literature and art, and an industrial designer, one time owner of the Washington Square Book Shop, Greenwich Village, New York City, a popular destination in the 1920s
  • Richard Friederich Arens (1919-2000), American mathematician who co-developed the Mackey–Arens theorem and Arens–Fort space
  • Henry Martin Arens (1873-1963), American politician, the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
  • Maarten Johannes Arens (b. 1972), Dutch gold and silver medalist judoka at the European Championships
  • Moshe Arens (b. 1925), Israeli aeronautical engineer, researcher and former diplomat and politician
  • Jan-Hein Arens (b. 1974), Dutch painter, sculptor and illustrator


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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