Artes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Artes is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Artes family lived in Suffolk, where they were located since the early Middle Ages, but the name originated in the French province of Artois. 
Alternatively then name could have been derived from the Breton word "arth" which means "bear."
Early Origins of the Artes family
The surname Artes was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages. The name originated in the French province of Artois and was transferred to England with the conquest.
Early History of the Artes family
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Artes Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Artus, Artis, Artiss, Artois, Artoys, Artice, Artes, Arteis, Artson and many more.
Early Notables of the Artes family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Artoys, a prominent 14th century landholder in Suffolk.
Artus de Lionne (1655-1713), Abbé and Bishop of Rosalie in...
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Artes or a variant listed above:
Artes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century