In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Erth, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in the barony of Airth in Stirlingshire. "The Gaelic term ard, or ardhé, signifying a hill, is supposed to have given the name to this place, in which the eminence called the Hill of Airth is a conspicuous feature, and forms a striking contrast to the level district by which it is surrounded." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early Origins of the Erth family
The surname Erth was first found in the county of Stirling
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Sruighlea), a former county in central Scotland
, which now makes up parts of the Council Areas of East Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire
, where they were long settled in the barony of Airth near Larbert, Stirlingshire.
Early History of the Erth family
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Erth Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Erth has been spelled Airth, Airthe, Arthe, D'Arthe, Dearthe, D'Airth, Dairth(e), Erth, D'Erth and many more.
Early Notables of the Erth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Erth family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Erth: John Arth who arrived in Philadelphia in 1740.