Artiss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Artiss family, who lived in Suffolk, where they were located since the early Middle Ages, but the name originated in the French province of Artois. [1]

Alternatively then name could have been derived from the Breton word "arth" which means "bear."

Early Origins of the Artiss family

The surname Artiss 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 Artiss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Artiss research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1500, 1524, 1568, 1619, 1649, 1661, 1674, 1724, 1655 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Artiss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Artiss Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Artiss were recorded, including Artus, Artis, Artiss, Artois, Artoys, Artice, Artes, Arteis, Artson and many more.

Early Notables of the Artiss 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...
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Migration of the Artiss family

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Artiss arrived in North America very early: Isac Artus, who sailed to America in 1709.



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


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