The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Earnoit came from the personal name Arnoaldi,
which is itself derived from the Frankish name "Arnuwalda." The Frankish given name Arnuwald,
which is composed of two elements, arnu,
which means eagle,
which means powerful,
was given to a person who was as powerful as an eagle.
Another source notes: "Arnold. - Introduced by the Normans. Though widely scattered, it is confined south of a line from the Wash to the Mersey. It is at present most frequent in Warwickshire and Leicestershire. In the time of Edward I. it was numerously represented in Cambridgeshire ( Hundred Rolls)." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
However, not all of the family emigrated to England at the time of the Conquest: "Robert Ernaldus, or Ernaut, and William Ernaut occur in Normandy 1180-98 (Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae)." CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early Origins of the Earnoit family
The surname Earnoit was first found in various counties and shire throughout ancient Britain. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 elude to this: Arnald or Amard Atte-broke in Essex; Walter filius
Arnald in Lincolnshire; Stephen Arnold in Kent; John filius Arnoldi in Cambridgeshire; and Ayelina relicta Arnold in Huntingdonshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Some of these early listings reflect the Latin from of the names which was so prevalent at the time.
Further to the north in Scotland, the name was probably derived from "Aeenald (Ernald, Ernold) or Arnold, second abbot of Kelso, who was elected bishop of St. Andrews, 1160. William le fiz Arnaud (the French form of the name), was king's tenant in counte de Linlescu and Henry le fiz Arnaud del counte de Selkirk rendered homage 1296." CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) The latter reference "rendered homage" was noting the this person had paid homage to King Edward I of England upon his invasion of Scotland.
Early History of the Earnoit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Earnoit research.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1273, 1296, 1587, 1676, 1635, 1615, 1678, 1635, 1702 and are included under the topic Early Earnoit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Earnoit Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Earnoit has been recorded under many different variations, including Arnold, Ernold, FitzArnold, Arrnold, Errnold, Aernold and many more.
Early Notables of the Earnoit family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Arnold (1587-ca.1676), English settler to America in 1635, one of the founding settlers of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and with his sons was among the wealthiest people in the colony; Benedict Arnold (1615-1678), English-born settler... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Earnoit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Earnoit family to Ireland
Some of the Earnoit family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Earnoit family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Earnoit or a variant listed above: William and Thomas Arnold of Nottingham
, who settled in Higham Mass, and Watertown New York in May 1635. William later moved to Providence, R.I. He was allegedly the richest man in the colony, and he was the ancestor of Benedict Arnold. In Newfoundland, Joseph from Sherborne, Dorset
, was an apprentice of Henry Brooks in Bay Bulls in 1752.
The Earnoit 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: Ut vivas vigila
Motto Translation: Watch that you may live.