The name Arkwright comes from one of the family having 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 Arkwright family
The surname Arkwright was first found in Derbyshire
, where the Arkwright 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 Arkwright family
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Arkwright Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Arkwright have been found, including: Arkwright, Arkright, Artrick, Artrip, Hartwright, Hartrick and many more.
Early Notables of the Arkwright family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arkwright family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Arkwright, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Arkwright Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Arkwright, who settled in Jamaica in 1685
Contemporary Notables of the name Arkwright (post 1700)
- John Arkwright, American author
- George Alfred Arkwright (1888-1972), American Republican politician, Lawyer CITATION[CLOSE]
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- May Arkwright (1860-1915), suffrage leader in the early history of the Pacific Northwest of the United States
- John Peter Arkwright (d. 1931), English Justice of the Peace (JP)
- Richard Arkwright (1732-1792), Englishman credited with inventing the spinning frame
- Ian Arkwright (b. 1959), English professional footballer
- Peter Arkwright, Architect
The Arkwright 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.