Arthurs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Arthurs family
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.
Early History of the Arthurs family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arthurs research. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1532 and are included under the topic Early Arthurs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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.
Early Notables of the Arthurs family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arthurs family to Ireland
Some of the Arthurs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Arthurs migration to the United States +
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 migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Arthurs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Robert Arthurs, aged 25, a cobbler, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
Arthurs migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Arthurs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Arthurs, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873
- Eliza Arthurs, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873
- William Arthurs, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873
- John Harold Arthurs, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873
Contemporary Notables of the name Arthurs (post 1700) +
- John Arthurs (b. 1947), retired American basketball player who played for the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1970)
- Faye Arthurs, New York City Ballet dancer
- Wayne Arthurs (b. 1948), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge and Pickering-Scarborough East (2007-2011)
- Paul Benjamin "Bonehead" Arthurs (b. 1965), English musician, one of the founder members of the English rock band Oasis
- James Arthurs (1866-1937), Canadian Senator, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Parry Sound (1908-1935), Senator for Ontario (1935-1937)
- Harry Arthurs (b. 1935), Canadian lawyer, academic, and academic administrator, President of York University (1985-1992)
- Wayne Arthurs (b. 1971), Australian tennis player
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The Arthurs 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.
- ^ 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)