Arrott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the Arrott family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in the lands of Arrat, near Brechin in Angus. While the name is quite rare there now, in the middle of the 16th century, the name was quite well known.

Early Origins of the Arrott family

The surname Arrott was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from very early times, some say from about the 11th century. William of Arrath held the lands of Arrat in Brechin in Angus about 1250.

Important Dates for the Arrott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arrott research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1264, 1296, 1378, 1473, 1528 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Arrott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arrott 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 Arrott has been spelled Arath, Arrath, Arat, Aratt, Aratts, Arratt, Arrat, Arrot, Arroth, Arrott, Arrothe, Arrathe, Arrade and many more.

Early Notables of the Arrott family (pre 1700)

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Arrott migration to the United States

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Arrott:

Arrott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Arrott and his two children, who landed in New York State in 1821 followed by Robert in 1822
  • Isaac, James, and William Arrott, all, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1801 and 1858

Contemporary Notables of the name Arrott (post 1700)

  • James Arrott, American politician, U.S. Consul in Dublin, 1855-58; Belfast, 1858 [1]

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