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The Clan from whom the Arthurs family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan kingdom of the west coast of Scotland. 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.

Arthurs Early Origins



The surname Arthurs 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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Arthurs Spelling Variations


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Arthurs Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name Arthurs include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Archibure, Arthuwire, Artheor, Arthurs, Arture, Harthawr, Artair, Artuir and many more.

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Arthurs Early History


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Arthurs Early History



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

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Arthurs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Arthurs Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Arthurs In Ireland


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Arthurs In Ireland



Some of the Arthurs 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



Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Arthurs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice Arthurs, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Christ Arthurs, who arrived in Virginia in 1642

Arthurs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Arthurs, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1756
  • Joseph Arthurs, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1768
  • Thomas Arthurs, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1779

Arthurs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Arthurs, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Robert Arthurs, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1818
  • John Arthurs, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835
  • Philip Arthurs, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873

Arthurs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Arthurs, aged 25, a cobbler, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland

Arthurs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Arthurs arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873
  • Eliza Arthurs arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873
  • William Arthurs arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873
  • John Harold Arthurs arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Arthurs (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Arthurs (post 1700)



  • John Arthurs (b. 1947), retired American basketball player
  • Faye Arthurs, New York City Ballet dancer
  • Wayne Arthurs, member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  • Wayne Arthurs (b. 1971), Australian tennis player
  • Paul Arthurs (b. 1965), member of English rock group Oasis
  • James Arthurs (1866-1937), Canadian senator
  • Harry Arthurs (b. 1935), Canadian lawyer, academic, and academic administrator

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Motto


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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



    Other References

    1. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    3. 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).
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    6. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    8. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Arthurs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arthurs 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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