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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland spawned the ancestors of the Arthur family. Their name comes from 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.

Arthur Early Origins



The surname Arthur 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.

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Arthur Spelling Variations


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Arthur Spelling Variations



The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations of the same name. Arthur has been recorded as Archibure, Arthuwire, Artheor, Arthurs, Arture, Harthawr, Artair, Artuir and many more.

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Arthur Early History


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Arthur Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arthur research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arthur History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Arthur Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Arthur Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Arthur Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Arthur In Ireland


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Arthur In Ireland



Some of the Arthur family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North Ameri ca. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Arthur, or a variant listed above:

Arthur Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Arthur who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Mathew Arthur, aged 18, landed in St Christopher in 1633
  • Georg Arthur, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Hugh Arthur, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • Eliz Arthur, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arthur Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Arthur, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1704
  • Dominick Arthur, who landed in South Carolina in 1708
  • Christr Arthur, who landed in South Carolina in 1724
  • Hannah Arthur, who arrived in America in 1760
  • Helen Arthur, aged 22, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arthur Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Arthur, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Robert Arthur, who landed in America in 1805
  • James Arthur, who landed in America in 1807
  • Alexander Arthur arrived in Philadelphia in 1808
  • William Arthur, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arthur Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Arthur, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mrs Mary Arthur, U.E., "Aurthur", United Empire Loyalist, who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 476 on board the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on Novemer 14, 1783 at East River, New York [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Miss Mames Arthur, U.E., "Aurthur", United Empire Loyalist, (b. 1772), aged 11, who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 580 on board the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York mother Mary Arthur "Aurthur" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Miss Eliz'th Arthur, U.E., "Aurthur", United Empire Loyalist, (b. 1770), aged 13, who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 542 on board the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York mother Mary Arthur "Aurthur" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Master Sam'l Arthur, U.E., "Aurthur", United Empire Loyalist, (b. 1781), aged 2, who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 36 on board the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York mother Mary Arthur "Aurthur" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Arthur Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Matthew Arthur, aged 59 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Aberdeen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 12)

Arthur Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Arthur, a plasterer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Margaret Arthur, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  • David Arthur arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GLENSWILLY 1839 (also called DAWSONS). Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Glenswilly.htm
  • James Arthur arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm
  • John Arthur arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arthur Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • David Arthur landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • John Charles Arthur, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lauderdale" in 1874
  • Frederick Arthur, aged 25, a gardener, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • James Arthur, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Arthur (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Arthur (post 1700)



  • William T. Arthur, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1920
  • William Henry Arthur (b. 1868), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Illinois, 1909
  • William C. Arthur, American Republican politician, Mayor of Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1962
  • William Evans Arthur (1825-1897), American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Kentucky, 1860; Circuit Judge in Kentucky, 1866-68, 1886-93; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 6th District, 1871-75
  • William Arthur, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 11th District, 1887-88
  • Thomas A. Arthur, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1916, 1924
  • Thomas Arthur (1860-1912), American Republican politician, District Judge in Iowa 15th District, 1912-20; Justice of Iowa State Supreme Court, 1920-25
  • Robert W. Arthur, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 5th District, 1963
  • L. A. Arthur, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1920
  • Richard Arthur, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1964
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Arthur Historic Events


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Arthur Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. John  Arthur (1850-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mr. Henry  Arthur (1859-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William S Arthur, British Joiner 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Henry Arthur, American 2nd Class passenger from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Suggested Readings for the name Arthur


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Suggested Readings for the name Arthur



  • Genealogy and History of the Descendants and Ancestory of Richard Henry Arthur and Susanna Coad by Fred E. Sawyer.
  • The William Arthur Family by Robert L. Arthur.

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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.


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Citations


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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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 12)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GLENSWILLY 1839 (also called DAWSONS). Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Glenswilly.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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The Arthur Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arthur Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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