Argall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Argall reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Argall family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Argall is based on the Dutch surname Van Arkel. The name Van Arkel may spring from the Anglo-Saxon form of Hercules, which is Ercol. A less likely root of the name is the parish of Ercoll Magna, or High Ercoll in Shropshire.
Early Origins of the Argall family
The surname Argall was first found in Berwickshire, in south east Scotland, arriving in Scotland soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They are the northern branch of the family name descended from Anketell, or Arnketill.
Early History of the Argall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Argall research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1500, 1533, 1588, 1572, 1626, 1609, 1610 and 1621 are included under the topic Early Argall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Argall Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Argall are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Argall include Arkell, Arkle, Arkill, Arcle, Argal, Argall, Arnkell, Artell, Artill, Arctall, Arktale, Arktell, Arktull, Arkgale and many more.
Early Notables of the Argall family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Argall (c.1533-1588) of East Sutton, Kent; and his son, Sir Samuel Argall (c. 1572-1626), an English adventurer, Naval officer and Deputy-Governor of Virginia. He was "descended from an old Kentish family who afterwards settled at Walthamstow in Essex. His first appearance in history is among the early adventurers to Virginia, where we find him in July 1609 in charge of a small barque lying at anchor off Jamestown, where he was sent to trade on behalf of a Mr, Cornells, and to fish for sturgeon. His next task, after his return home...
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Argall migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Argall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William M. Argall, aged 27, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana" 
- Elizabeth Argall, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana" 
Argall 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:
Argall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- R. Argall, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
- Mr. A. E. Argall, British settler travelling from Capetown aboard the ship "Tainui" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in December 1890 
Contemporary Notables of the name Argall (post 1700) +
- David "Dave" Argall (b. 1958), American Libertarian politician, Member of the Pennsylvania Senate from the 29th district (2009-) 
- Ray Argall ACS (b. 1957), Australian cinematographer and director for both film and television, best known for his work on the multi-award-winning feature film Return Home (1990)
- Dennis Walter Argall (b. 1943), retired Australian diplomat and senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Ambassador to China (1984-1985)
- Philip Argall (1855-1912), Australian cricket Test match umpire from Adelaide, South Australia, "one of the best of Australian umpires"
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