Arlen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Arlen dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Horlands, that can be traced to numerous places round England, including Harland Edge in Derbyshire and Harland Wood in Sussex. This surname was originally derived from the Old English words har and land, which means that the original bearers of the surname lived in the land that was infested with hares.

Early Origins of the Arlen family

The surname Arlen was first found in Middlesex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Arlen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arlen research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1235, 1208, 1235, 1330, 1411, 1384, 1425, 1500 and 1459 are included under the topic Early Arlen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arlen Spelling Variations

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 Arlen have been found, including Harland, Hoarland, Hoareland, Hoorland, Hooreland, Horland, Horlands, Harlin, Harlind and many more.

Early Notables of the Arlen family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Hugh Herland (1330-1411), a 14th-century medieval English carpenter, the chief carpenter to King Richard II, best known pieces is the hammer-beam roof at Westminster Hall, regarded as one of the greatest carpentry achievements of the time, worked for William of Wykeham at New College, Oxford (c. 1384), commissioned by royalty to work on...
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Ireland Migration of the Arlen family to Ireland

Some of the Arlen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Arlen family

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. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Arlen, or a variant listed above: George Harland who settled in Virginia in 1642; William Harland arrived in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia in 1774; John, Patrick, Jacob Hoar arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860.

Contemporary Notables of the name Arlen (post 1700) +

  • Alice Arlen (1940-2016), born Alice Reeve, an American screenwriter, best known for co-writing Silkwood (1983)
  • Harold Arlen (1905-1986), American composer best known for co-writing Over The Rainbow with E. Y. Harvard
  • Richard Arlen (1898-1976), American actor
  • Michael Arlen (1895-1956), British novelist
  • Gregory Arlen Diephouse, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2004 [1]
  • Clarence Arlen Beam (b. 1930), American politician, U.S. District Judge for Nebraska, 1981-87; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 1987- [2]
  • Clint Arlen Lauderdale (b. 1932), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana, 1984-87 [3]
  • Arlen G. Swiger, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Tyler County, 1913-16
  • Arlen Specter (1930-2012), American politician, Senator for Pennsylvania (1981–2011)
  • Arlen G Swiger, American founder of a fellowship program at West Virginia University

The Arlen 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: Per juga per fluvius
Motto Translation: Through precipices and torrents.

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