Artist History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Artist reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Artist family 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 Artist family

The surname Artist 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 Artist family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Artist 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 Artist History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Artist Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Artist family name include Artus, Artis, Artiss, Artois, Artoys, Artice, Artes, Arteis, Artson and many more.

Early Notables of the Artist 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...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Artist Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Artist family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Artist family to immigrate North America: 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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