Arrol History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A family in the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland was the first to use the name Arrol. They lived in the lands of Errol (Arroll) in Perthshire.

Early Origins of the Arrol family

The surname Arrol was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat in the parish of Errol from whence they get their name. The family is not directly related to the Lords of Errol, who are in fact a part of the Scottish Hay clan.

Important Dates for the Arrol family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arrol research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1590, 1619, 1646 and 1913 are included under the topic Early Arrol History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arrol Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Arrol has been spelled Arroll, Arrol, Errol, Erroll, Arrell, Arrel, Errel, Errell, Arrall, Arral, Errall, Erral, Arrill, Arril, Errill and many more.

Early Notables of the Arrol family (pre 1700)

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

Arrol 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:

Arrol Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Arrol, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Arrol (post 1700)

  • Sir William Arrol (1839-1913), celebrated Scottish engineer and bridge builder
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