Arrowsmith History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Arrowsmith is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a person who made arrows, or more specifically the maker of the iron tips for arrows.

Early Origins of the Arrowsmith family

The surname Arrowsmith was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Arrowsmith family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arrowsmith research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1628, 1585, 1602, 1659, 1602, 1616, 1619, 1623 and 1623 are included under the topic Early Arrowsmith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arrowsmith Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Arrowsmith are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Arrowsmith include: Arrowsmyth, Arrowsmith, Arrowsmythe, Arrowsmithe and others.

Early Notables of the Arrowsmith family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Saint Edmund Arrowsmith SJ (1585-1628), one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales of the Roman Catholic Church. "Sometimes known as Bradshaw and Rigby, [he] was born in 1585 at Haddock, in the parish of Winwick, near Warrington, Lancashire. His father was Robert Arrowsmith, a yeoman, and his mother Margery was a lady of the ancient family of Gerard. Both his...
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Arrowsmith migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Arrowsmith or a variant listed above:

Arrowsmith Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Arrowsmith, who settled in Virginia in 1670
Arrowsmith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Arrowsmith who settled in America in 1718
  • John Arrowsmith, who settled in America in 1734
  • Martha Arrowsmith, who landed in America in 1737
Arrowsmith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Arrowsmith, who settled in Savanna, Georgia in 1865

Arrowsmith migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Arrowsmith Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

Arrowsmith 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:

Arrowsmith Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • H G Arrowsmith, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Mr. Thomas Arrowsmith, (b. 1850), aged 24, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [2]
  • Mrs. Jane Arrowsmith, (b. 1855), aged 19, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Arrowsmith, (b. 1873), aged 10 months, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [2]
  • Miss Ann Arrowsmith, (b. 1856), aged 18, English domestic servant from Staffordshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Arrowsmith (post 1700)

  • Alex Arrowsmith (b. 1982), American rock/pop musician from Portland, Oregon
  • William Ayres Arrowsmith (1924-1992), American classicist, academic, and translator
  • Brigadier-General John Caraway Arrowsmith (1894-1985), American Commanding Officer, 45th Engineers Regiment (1942-1944) [3]
  • Philip Heller Arrowsmith, American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate from Florence County, 1927-30 [4]
  • James Wilson Arrowsmith (1816-1901), American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1860-61, 1870 [4]
  • John Arrowsmith (1790-1873), English geographer and map publisher, nephew of the elder Aaron Arrowsmith
  • Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823), English cartographer, eponym of Mount Arrowsmith, the largest mountain on southern Vancouver Island, Canada [5]
  • John Thomas Arrowsmith (1887-1950), English footballer from Staveley, North Yorkshire
  • Robert Arrowsmith (b. 1952), English former cricketer who played 43 first-class matches
  • Alf Arrowsmith (1942-2005), English footballer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Arrowsmith family

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. C Arrowsmith, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [6]

Citations

  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) John Arrowsmith. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Arrowsmith/John_Caraway/USA.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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