Arp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Arp family

The surname Arp was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1200 when Matthew Yrp held estates.

Early History of the Arp family

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Arp 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 Arp family name include Earp, Irp, Yrp, Epp, Eppe, Erp, Eirpe, Yrpe, Epps and others.

Early Notables of the Arp family (pre 1700)

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United States Arp migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, 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 Arp surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Arp Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Arp, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
Arp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Klaus Arp, who arrived in Iowa in 1851 [1]

Australia Arp migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Arp Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Arp (post 1700) +

  • Bill Arp (1826-1903), pseudonym of Charles Henry Smith, an American writer and politician from the state of Georgia
  • Andrice Arp (b. 1969), American comics artist and illustrator, and the daughter of Halton Arp
  • Halton Christian "Chip" Arp (b. 1927), American astronomer, known for his 1966 Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, and for discovering the Arp number
  • A. Henry Arp, American politician, Mayor of Moline, Illinois (1933-1945)
  • Jean Arp (1888-1966), German-born, French sculptor
  • Mads Arp (b. 1969), Danish composer/producer
  • Sophie Taeuber- Arp (1889-1943), Swiss artist

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEINWARDER 1849 aka STEINWAERDER. Retrieved from on Facebook
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