The name Arshad arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a bowman,
and derives from the French L'Archer
of the same meaning.
Early Origins of the Arshad family
The surname Arshad was first found in Warwickshire
, where "Fulbert L'Archer, the patriarch of the Lords Archer of Umberslade, in the county of Warwick, appears among the warriors at Hastings, who received recompense from the victor. His son, Robert L'Archer, obtained additions to his territorial possessions by grant from Henry I., whose tutor he had been, and still further increased his patrimony by marrying Sebit, daughter of Henry of Villiers, and thus acquiring the lands of Umberslade." CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Robert Larchier was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1166. Hugh le Archer was listed in the Feet of Fines of Cheshire
in 1199. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Odo le Archer was listed in Devon
during the reign of Henry III and John le Archer was listed in Yorkshire
in the reign of Edward I
. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1237 list Thomas le Archer in Derbyshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Arshad family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arshad research.Another 547 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1210, 1214, 1273, 1350, 1296, 1856, 1861, 1598, 1682, 1581, 1662, 1640, 1619, 1685, 1659 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Arshad History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Arshad Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Archer, Archar, Arsher, Arsher, Arshire, Archere and many more.
Early Notables of the Arshad family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Baron
Archer of Umberslade; John Archer (1598-1682), an English judge from Essex; Sir Simon Archer (1581-1662), an English antiquary and politician who sat... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arshad Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Arshad family to Ireland
Some of the Arshad family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Arshad family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Arshad or a variant listed above: Samuel Archer who settled in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1630; just ten years after the "Mayflower." He was appointed Marshall in 1650. Henry Archer was another settler in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1639.
The Arshad Motto
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: Sola bona quae honesta
Motto Translation: Those things only are good which are honest.