The many generations and branches of the Arkright family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a maker of chests,
or other pieces of furniture. Wright
is a word for a cabinet maker,
or more generally a worker in wood.
The element "ark" is derived from the Old English arc,
meaning "ark, chest," and "wright" which is derived from the Old English wyrhta,
meaning "craftsman, maker."
Early Origins of the Arkright family
The surname Arkright was first found in Derbyshire
, where the Arkright family held a family seat
from very early times, long before the Norman Conquest
of the Duke of Normandy
, in 1066. They were the makers of chests.
Early History of the Arkright family
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Arkright Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Arkright were recorded, including Arkwright, Arkright, Artrick, Artrip, Hartwright, Hartrick and many more.
Early Notables of the Arkright family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arkright family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Arkright family emigrate to North America: John Arkwright, who settled in Jamaica in 1685.
The Arkright Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Multa tuli fecique
Motto Translation: I have endured and done much.