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Arbuckle Coat of Arms Meaning

The three main devices (symbols) in the Arbuckle blazon are the garb, mullet and fesse. The main tincture (color) is ram.

Europe in the middle ages was still a largely agrarian society, and the wealth of the nobility resided in their estates and land. Since most people still lived and worked on the land they would find farm implements instantly recognisable, (an important feature for a coat of arms), even if they seem obscure to us today. 1 The garb for example is an ancient word for wheatsheaf, something now more frequently seen in Inn signs than in the field! 2

The heraldic mullet, not to be confused with the fish of that name, is shown as a regular, five pointed star. This was originally, not an astronomical object, but represented the spur on a horseman’s boot, especially when peirced, with a small circular hole in the centre it represents a type of spur known as a “rowel” 3. A clear example can be found in the arms of Harpendene, argent, a mullet pierced gules. The ancient writer Guillim associated such spurs in gold as belonging to the Knight, and the silver to their esquires 4. In later years, Wade linked this five pointed star with the true celestial object, the estoile and termed it a “falling star”, symbolising a “divine quality bestowed from above” 5.

The fesse (also found as fess) is one of the major ordinaries to found in heraldry, being a bold, broad, horizontal band across the centre of the shield. It may originally have arisen from the planks of which a wooden shield can be constructed, the centremost plank being painted a different colour 6. It is instantly recognisable as a symbol, for example the arms of COLEVILLE granted during the reign of Hery III are simply or, a fesse gules. With this clear association with the construction of the shield itself, Wade believes that the fesse can be taken to be associated with the military, as a “girdle of honour”.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Arbuckle Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Arbuckle Origin:

England, Scotland

Origin of Arbuckle:

Arbuckle is a fascinating and unique surname. It is recorded in various spelling forms like Arbuckle, Arbuckel, Hornbuckle, and possibly Harbottle. It is a Scottish name which is associated with regional origins. The surname derives from the village of Arbuckle in the division of Lanarkshire where mostly local surnames were possibly given to the first name bearer, who then later departed from the area and migrated to other places. The simplest means of recognizing “an outsider” is to know him or her, by the name of the area from where they came. In early times, when approximately only one in twenty people could read, and only one in ten could write their name, spelling differences were very common. The meaning of the name Arbuckle is “Not Clear,” but this word derived from the Olde English word “eor” which means land and “boc,” which means “beech trees.” So, the complete meaning of these two words are the land covered with trees. Previous examples of the surname consist of William Arbuckle of Glasgow, who in 1685 had the duty for moving convicts from the Monmouth Rebellion to a life of captivity in the West Indies. Comparatively, John Arbuckle (1838 – 1912) was a landowner who earned his money by sugar purifying. Mainly sugar imported from the West Indies, he was possibly related to William Arbuckle. The first recording of the surname is that of John Arbuckle of Irvine, in the year 1499.


The name Arbuckle first originated in Lanarkshire an ancient area in the important Strathclyde area of Scotland, now segmented into the Council Regions of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow. John Arnbuckle is listed as living in Irvine in 1499, and after sometime he bought a vast part of the land in the town of Glasgow in the year 1511.


People with the surname Arbuckle had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Arbuckle settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Arbuckle who settled in the United States in the 17th century included Archebald Arbuckle landed in Maryland in 1658. William Arbuckle, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1684. John Arbuckle, who landed in New Jersey in 1685. John Arbuckle who landed in America and settled in New Jersey in 1685.

Some of the people with the name Arbuckle who settled in the United States in the 18th century included Mr. Arbuckle, who landed in New Hampshire in 1748. James Arbuckle settled in Augusta Division VA. In 1762.

Some of the people with the name Arbuckle who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Col. Arbuckle landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822. Colonel Arbuckle, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822. Thomas Arbuckle settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1831. Joseph Arbuckle arrived in New York in 1832 and Thomas Arbuckle, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) Division, Pennsylvania in 1834.


Individuals with the surname Arbuckle settled in Canada in two different centuries respectively in 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Arbuckle who settled in Canada in the 18th century included John Arbuckle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749. James Arbuckle and Jom Arbuckle both arrived in Nova Scotia in the same year in 1750.

Some of the people with the name Arbuckle who settled in the Canada in the 19th century included William Arbuckle at the age of 23 and Jane Arbuckle who both arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship “Eleanor Garden” in the same year in 1834.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Arbuckle: United States 5,209; England 479; Northern Ireland 119; Ireland 60; Australia 438; Scotland 440; Canada 938; South Africa 712; Germany 134; New Zealand 275.

Notable People:

Andrew Arbuckle (born 1944), was a Scottish Progressive Democrat politician.

Andrew Arbuckle (actor) (1887–1938), was an American artist, brother of Macklyn and relative of Roscoe.

Charles Arbuckle (born 1968), was an American football player.

Ernest C. Arbuckle (1912–1986), was an American businessman.

Gary Arbuckle (born 1984), was a Scottish football player.

James Arbuckle (1700 – 1742), was an Irish poet.

Blazons & Genealogy Notes

(Scotland). Gu. on a fesse ar. betw. three garbs or, as many mullets az. Crest—A ram ppr.

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John Charles Roe commented on 03-Sep-2019
My Grandmother from Wingham Ontario Canada was Mae Arbuckle.
Shelly Arbuckle commented on 01-Jan-2018
Many Arbuckles in Canada are descendants of Charles Arbuckles. He was a Cpl in the 82 Regiment of Foot, aka "Hamilton's Own" who fought for the crown in the American Revolutionary War. Charles was in Halifax NS when the regiment was disbanded, To save money by not having to pay a tegiment and or pay for their passages home, the crown decided to offer them grants of land so they could settle Englands portion of the new world in and around 1783-5 Charles being a Cpl received a grant of 200 acres. Unlike many who sold their land and used the funds to return back to Scotland, Charles stayed and married the daughter of another immigrant Polly McGee. I am one of the many many descendants of this Arbuckle. Not everyone set sail intending to move to the New World.... some, like my ancestor, became North American through a very different set of circumstances... please reflect these realities in your site. http://www.newscotland1398.net/pictouco/littlehbrm.html there are many many site with this info Charles's sister in law Polly's younger sister was the first white settler born in that area of Pictou county Nova Scotia.....near Barney's River (Named after their Father Barnabas McGee.)


  • 1 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 86
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Garbe
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 97
  • 4 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P107
  • 5 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P105
  • 6 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Fesse