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Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Arnott family come from? What is the Scottish Arnott family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arnott family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arnott family history?

Arnott is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts, a tribe in ancient Scotland. The Arnott 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.


The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Arnott has been spelled Arnott, Arnot, Arnatt, Arnocht, Arnote, Arnett, Anetts, Arnette, Ernot, Ernott, Annett, Annetts and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arnott research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1400, 1502, 1600, 1608, 1639, 1918, 1497, 1536, 1497, 1498, 1680, 1652 and are included under the topic Early Arnott History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arnott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Arnott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Arnott:

Arnott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Arnott, aged 20, who settled in Virginia in 1716
  • Philip Arnott, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749
  • David Arnott, aged 20, arrived in Georgia in 1775
  • John Arnott, who landed in America in 1795
  • John Arnott, who settled in Virginia in 1795

Arnott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Aleses Arnott, who arrived in Arkansas in 1885
  • Alexander Arnott, who landed in Arkansas in 1885

Arnott Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Arnott settled in St. John's in 1812
  • Archibald Arnott came to Bona Vista, Newfoundland in 1821

Arnott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Arnott, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Henrietta Arnott, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Albert Arnott, aged 12, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Jemima Arnott, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • William H. Arnott, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875


  • Robert D. Arnott (b. 1954), American entrepreneur, investor, editor, and writer
  • Mr. Robert Arnott (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Kearney, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • James Fullarton Arnott (1914-1982), Scottish theatre professor
  • Neil Arnott (1788-1874), Scottish physician
  • Struther Arnott CBE, FRS, FRSE (1934-2013), Scottish academic, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews
  • Andy Arnott (b. 1973), English former professional footballer
  • Archibald Arnott (1772-1855), British Army surgeon, best remembered as Napoleon's doctor on St. Helena
  • Caroline Arnott (d. 1933), Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • Drew Arnott, Canadian musician
  • Jake Arnott (b. 1961), British novelist



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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The Arnott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arnott Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 30 January 2015 at 15:02.

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