Arnesen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Arnesen was formed. The name was derived from the personal name Agnes, which itself is derived from the Greek name Hagne, which means pure and holy. 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. [1]

The name could have been an occupational name as one source notes it was "the old word for body-armour. Hence Lightharness, and the French Beauhamois, or 'fair harness.'' [2]

Early Origins of the Arnesen family

The surname Arnesen was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where the name was found as a forename and surname: Robert filius Harneis, Lincolnshire; John filius Hernici, Lincolnshire; Roger Herneys, Norfolk; John Harneys, Cambridgeshire; and Heme' de Stano, Suffolk. [3]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Robert Arnys; Robertus Arnis; Johanna Ernys; and Robert Hernays. [3]

The name is a "well-known Lincolnshire surname to-day, and found there six centuries ago." [3]

Early History of the Arnesen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arnesen research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1402 and 1384 are included under the topic Early Arnesen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arnesen Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Arnesen include Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes, Ennis and many more.

Early Notables of the Arnesen family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Arnesen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Arnesen family to Ireland

Some of the Arnesen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Arnesen migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Arnesen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Arne Arnesen, aged 29, a cattle driver, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1871
  • Karen M Arnesen, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1871
  • B. Oxar Arnesen, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1871
  • Berths Arnesen, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873

Contemporary Notables of the name Arnesen (post 1700) +

  • Deborah Arnie Arnesen (b. 1953), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 2nd District, 1996 [4]
  • Sigurd J. Arnesen, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 8th District, 1934 [4]
  • Stian André Arnesen (b. 1978), birth name of Nagash or Lex Icon, a Norwegian black metal musician
  • Kim André Arnesen (b. 1980), Norwegian Grammy Award nominated composer
  • Frank Arnesen (b. 1956), former Danish footballer


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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