Arundel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Arundel was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Arundel family lived in Arundel in the west of the county of Sussex. This place name is thought to be derived from the Old English words, hoar, meaning gray, hune, which described a variety of plant, and dell, meaning valley.

Early Origins of the Arundel family

The surname Arundel was first found in the counties of Sussex in southern England, and Somerset, Dorset, and Wiltshire, to the west. The Earls of Arundel came into England in 1066, with the Conqueror, and acquired much land, descended are the Lords Arundel of Wardour.

"Linchmere [in Sussex] was held as of the honour of Arundel, by William de Perci, at an early period, and afterwards became the property of the family of Fitzalan." [1]

The family name derives from the western branch of Somerset, Dorset, and Wiltshire, where they held about twenty lordships during the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086. "A Norman family, which for centuries has flourished in the West of England, traced by Dugdale to 'Rogerius Arundel,' mentioned in Domesday." [2]

"According to Domesday Book, Roger de Arundel was found to be possessed of twenty-eight lordships in Somerset, 20 William the Conqueror, and he no doubt was the Norman whose name appears on the roll [of Battel Abbey]. " [3]

St. Michael in Cornwall was an early homestead of the family. "The ancient name of this place was Modeshole, under which appellation John de Arundell, in 1301, certified his right to a market and fair here, which had been previously granted to Walter de Raleigh." [1]

"The Arundells are amongst the few Cornish families of Norman origin, and there are still fewer of French extraction who have for so long a period as at least five or six centuries been, like them, traceable in that county. 'The Great Arundells' as they were styled - appear to have settled in Cornwall, about the middle of the thirteenth century, at the place so called (now the site of a nunnery.)" [4]

And another branch of the family was found in Lifton, Devon since early times. "The manor and lordship were, by grant of Edward VI., vested in the ancestors of W. A. H. Arundell, Esq., the present proprietor." [1]

Important Dates for the Arundel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arundel research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1353, 1414, 1418, 1640, 1353, 1414, 1397, 1399, 1373, 1388, 1386, 1389, 1391, 1396, 1396, 1398, 1405, 1399, 1407, 1410, 1350, 1414, 1404, 1504, 1495, 1561, 1580, 1555, 1558, 1576, 1656, 1613, 1701, 1640, 1641, 1616, 1687, 1640, 1660, 1607, 1694 and 1636 are included under the topic Early Arundel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arundel Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Arrundell, Arundell, Arundel, Arundelle, Aringale, Arringale, Arrundale, Arrindell, Arindale, Arungale, Erringdale, Erundell and many more.

Early Notables of the Arundel family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Arundel (1353-1414), Archbishop of Canterbury in 1397 and from 1399 until his death, an outspoken opponent of the Lollards, Bishop of Ely (1373), elevated to the position of Archbishop of York (1388), served twice as Lord Chancellor (1386-1389) and (1391-1396), in 1396 he was made Archbishop of Canterbury, within a year, he was exiled by the king, he spent it in Florence, where at Richard II's request, the Roman Pope Boniface IX translated him to become Bishop of St. Andrews (1398), which was an empty fate because Scotland realized it already had...
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Migration of the Arundel family to Ireland

Some of the Arundel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Arundel migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Arundel or a variant listed above:

Arundel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Arundel who settled in Virginia in 1626
  • William Arundel, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • James Arundel who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Richard Arundel who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • John Arundel who settled in Virginia in 1652
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Arundel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Arundel, who settled in New York aged 40, in 1821

Arundel 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:

Arundel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Betsy Arundel, (b. 1855), aged 24, English house maid, from Yorkshire travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Invercargill, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 28th August 1879 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Arundel (post 1700)

  • Arthur W. "Nick" Arundel (1928-2011), American United States Marine Corps combat officer and correspondent for CBS News
  • Harry Arundel (1855-1904), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1875 to 1884
  • John Thomas "Tug" Arundel (1862-1912), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1882 to 1888
  • Frank William Arundel (1939-1994), English professional footballer from Plymouth
  • John T. Arundel (1841-1919), English entrepreneur who developed mining operations of phosphate rock on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Banaba
  • Joe Arundel (b. 1991), English professional rugby league footballer from Yorkshire
  • Arundel Darke, the first woman to lead the Queen's Hall Orchestra

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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