Arnette History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Arnette, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. The ancestors of the Arnette family lived in the lands of Arnott in the parish of Portmoak in Kinross (now part of the region of Tayside), where one of the first times the name was listed was in 1150 when Michael de Arnoth was mentioned.

Early Origins of the Arnette family

The surname Arnette was first found in the lands of Arnott in the parish of Portmoak, Kinross-shire. The first chief, recorded, Michael Arnott, held those lands about 1150. David, of Fifeshire, his successor was recorded in 1296 when he paid homage to King Edward 1st of England.

Early History of the Arnette family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arnette research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1400, 1502, 1600, 1608, 1639, 1918, 1497, 1536, 1497, 1498, 1680, 1652, 1693, 1769, 1693, 1743, 1744 and are included under the topic Early Arnette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arnette Spelling Variations

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Arnette has been written Arnott, Arnot, Arnatt, Arnocht, Arnote, Arnett, Anetts, Arnette, Ernot, Ernott, Annett, Annetts and many more.

Early Notables of the Arnette family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was David Arnot, C.R.S.A., ( fl. 1497- c. 1536), Scottish canon regular and bishop from Arnot, Fife, Rector of Kirkforthar, Fife in 1497, Archdeacon of Lothian in 1498; Sir Michael Arnot, 1st Baronet (d. c. 1680) of Arnot in the County of Fife; and his son, Charles Arnot (d. before 1652) represented Kinross in the Scottish Parliament. Further to the south in England, Peter Annet (1693-1769)...
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arnette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Arnette family to Ireland

Some of the Arnette family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 88 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Arnette migration to the United States +

Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Arnette:

Arnette Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Archie R. Arnette, aged 46, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Advance" from Cristobal, C.Z. [1]
  • Susan Arnette, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Arnette (post 1700) +

  • Jay Hoyland Arnette (b. 1938), American gold medalist basketball player at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome
  • Jeannetta Arnette (b. 1954), American actress, best known for her role as Miss Meara on the television comedy Head of the Class
  • W. Gregory Arnette Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1988 [3]
  • Vernal Glenn Arnette (1885-1974), American politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives from Williamsburg County, 1933-34, 1937-42, 1945-46, 1949-54 [3]
  • Charles Arnette Towne (1858-1928), American lawyer and politician, Member of the U.S. Representatives from New York (1905-1907)
  • Marcus Arnette Thigpen (b. 1986), American NFL football running back


The Arnette 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: Speratum et completum
Motto Translation: Hoped for and Fulfilled.




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