Argyll is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Argyll is a name that comes from 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
Early Origins of the Argyll family
The surname Argyll 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 Argyll family
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Argyll Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Argyll family name include Arkell, Arkle, Arkill, Arcle, Argal, Argall, Arnkell, Artell, Artill, Arctall, Arktale, Arktell, Arktull, Arkgale and many more.
Early Notables of the Argyll family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Argyll family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Argyll family to immigrate North America: Sir Samuel Argal who settled in Virginia in 1624.
Contemporary Notables of the name Argyll (post 1700)
- Duke John Douglas Sutherland Argyll (1845-1914), 9th Duke of Argyll
- Duke John Argyll (1678-1743), 2nd Duke of Argyll
- Earl Archibald Argyll (1629-1685), 9th Earl of Argyll
- Earl Archibald Argyll (1598-1661), Marquis and 8th Earl of Argyll
- Earl Archibald Argyll (1576-1638), 7th Earl of Argyll
- Earl Archibald Argyll (1530-1573), 5th Earl of Argyll
- Duke Archibald Argyll, 1st Duke of Argyll