The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Arnason came from the personal name Agnes,
which itself is derived from the Greek name Hagne,
which means pure
The name was also used in the Latin phrase Agnus Dei,
which means lamb of God.
The personal name Agnes was popularized by devotees, the early Christian martyr, Saint Agnes.
Early Origins of the Arnason family
The surname Arnason was first found in the English midlands county of Nottinghamshire
from very ancient times, where the family name held vast estates and were an important contribution to the early life and times of the county. They are recorded in the Domesday Book
as holding lands and manors. The Domesday Book
was compiled by Duke William in the year 1086 A.D.
Early History of the Arnason family
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Arnason Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Arnason family name include Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes and many more.
Early Notables of the Arnason family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arnason family to Ireland
Some of the Arnason family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Arnason family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Arnason surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Annis, who settled in Virginia in 1639; Thomas Anniss, aged 23, who settled there in 1683; as well as William Arness, who arrived at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1685..
Contemporary Notables of the name Arnason (post 1700)
- Tyler Arnason (b. 1979), American professional NHL ice hockey player
- Eleanor Arnason (b. 1942), American author of science-fiction novels and short stories
- Jon Arnason (b. 1960), Icelandic chess grand master
- David Arnason (b. 1940), Canadian author and poet
- Chuck Arnason (b. 1951), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
- Jón Arnason (1819-1888), Icelandic collector of folk-tales