Show ContentsArlene History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Arlene surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they 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 Arlene family

The surname Arlene 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 Arlene family

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Arlene Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Arlene include Harland, Hoarland, Hoareland, Hoorland, Hooreland, Horland, Horlands, Harlin, Harlind and many more.

Early Notables of the Arlene 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 Arlene family to Ireland

Some of the Arlene 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 Arlene family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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 Arlene (post 1700) +

  • Herbert Arlene (1917-1989), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1959-66; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 3rd District, 1967-80 [1]
  • Carmen Arlene Balthrop (1948-2021), American opera (soprano) from Washington, D.C
  • Janice Arlene McGee, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County, 1970 [2]
  • Judith Arlene Resnik (1949-1986), American engineer and a NASA astronaut killed in the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger [3]
  • Stacey Arlene Garrett, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 2004 [4]
  • Arlene Carol Dahl (1925-2021), American actress and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer star, who achieved notability during the 1950s., known for Journey to the Center of the Earth, A Southern Yankee, Reign of Terror, mother ofthe actor Lorenzo Lamas
  • Arlene Leanore Golonka (1936-2021), American actress, best known for playing Millie Hutchins on the television comedy The Andy Griffith Show and Millie Swanson on MayBerry R.F.D
  • Arlene Aikenhead, Canadian silver and bronze medalist Paralympic equestrian and national Boccia player from Alberta, Canada
  • Arlene Saunders (1930-2020), American spinto soprano opera singer; she died of COVID-19
  • Arlene Schnitzer (1929-2020), née Director, an American arts patron and philanthropist

The Arlene 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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