Arneson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the name Arneson date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is 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 Arneson family

The surname Arneson 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 Arneson family

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

Arneson Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Arneson include Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes, Ennis and many more.

Early Notables of the Arneson family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Arneson family to Ireland

Some of the Arneson 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.


United States Arneson migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Arneson or a variant listed above:

Arneson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Gustave Arneson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1920 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Arneson (post 1700) +

  • Roy Arneson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1964 [5]
  • John Arneson, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 34th District, 1962 [5]
  • J. S. Arneson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1916 [5]
  • Gary Arneson (b. 1972), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 2004 [5]
  • David Arneson, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Plymouth, Minnesota, 2006 [5]
  • Arne Arneson, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 2nd District, 1873 [5]
  • Alef O. Arneson (1856-1938), American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 30th District, 1891-92; Member of South Dakota State Senate 27th District, 1899-1900, 1909-12 [5]


  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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