Arter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Arter is the Celtic personal name Arthur, which is of various and often disputed etymology. The personal name Arthur may be derived from some early cognate of the Gaelic "art" and the Welsh "arth" which means "bear" and may indicate early Celtic worship of that animal or one who has a high regard for that animal's virtuous qualities.

Early Origins of the Arter family

The surname Arter was first found in the county of Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, in south eastern Scotland where they have held a family seat from ancient times.

The Arthur family traced their descent from King Aedan Mac Gabrain, King of Dalriada, whose mother was a British Princess, and named his eldest son Arthur, and he was believed to be the first Gael to bear the name. The family name was recorded in the late 6th and early 7th century.

Early History of the Arter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arter research. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1532 and are included under the topic Early Arter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arter Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Arter has appeared as Archibure, Arthuwire, Artheor, Arthurs, Arture, Harthawr, Artair, Artuir and many more.

Early Notables of the Arter family (pre 1700)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Arter family to Ireland

Some of the Arter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Arter migration to the United States +

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Arter were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Arter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Arter, aged 25, who arrived in Maine in 1812 [1]
  • C M Arter, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • J.C. Arter, aged 34, who immigrated to America, in 1894
Arter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Charles Arter, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Homer Arter, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Ernest arter, aged 24, who landed in America from Halifax, England, in 1907
  • Hazel Arter, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Annie Arter, aged 31, who immigrated to America from Horwich, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Arter (post 1700) +

  • Jared Maurice Arter PhD (1850-1928), African-American slave who wrote "Echoes From a Pioneer Life"
  • Robert Arter (b. 1929), retired United States Army Lieutenant General, former commanding general of the Sixth United States Army
  • Irwin Dean Arter (1886-1947), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Nuevitas, 1918-20 [2]
  • David Albert Arter (1820-1913), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1860 [2]
  • Daniel Arter, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1869 [2]
  • Harry Nicholas Arter (b. 1989), English footballer

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Sydney Arter, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Federated Malay States returning to England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible [3]


The Arter 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: Impelle obstantia
Motto Translation: Thrust aside obstacles.


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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