Argyle

This interesting and unusual surname is of Gaelic origin, and is a Scottish locational name from a district called Argyll, in south-west Scotland. Argyllshire was a county until 1975; it is now part of the Strathclyde region. The placename derives from the Gaelic "oirthir Ghaidheal", coast of the Gaels, a Gael being a person who speaks a Gaelic language, especially a Highland Scot or an Irishman. During the Middle Ages when migration for the purpose of job-seeking was becoming more common, people often took the name of their place of birth as a means of identification, thus resulting in a wide dispersal of the name. The surname can also be found as Argyll, Argill, Hargill and Argol. Recordings of the surname from English Church Registers include; Nicolaus Argill, who was christened on July 6th 1583 at Howden, Yorkshire; Mary, daughter of James Argyle, who was christened on May 12th 1734, at St. Andrew's, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northumberland; and John, son of John and Eleanor Argyle, who was christened on September 3rd 1758 at St. Dunstan's, Stepney, London. The Coat of Arms most associated with the family is a blue shield with two gold croziers in saltire and in chief a gold mitre. In Heraldry, blue signifies Loyalty and Truth, and Gold denotes Generosity and Elevation of Mind. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Argall, which was dated January 15th 1542, marriage to Elyzabet Clarke at Christ Church, Greyfriars, Newgate, London, during the reign of King Henry V111, known as "Good King Hal", 1509 - 1547. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Argyle — is an archaic spelling of Argyll, now part of the Argyll and Bute council area in western Scotland. As a result, the name Argyle has also been used by Scottish emigrants as the name of several locations. It is also found with some other… …   Wikipedia

  • Argyle — kann bedeuten: Argyle (Muster): Ein Argyle Muster besteht aus rautenförmigen Blöcken vor farbigem Hintergrund, bei der oft auch gekreuzte Streifen in einer Kontrastfarbe vorkommen. Überlappende Motive führen zu einem dreidimensionalen Aussehen.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Argyle — Argyle, NY U.S. village in New York Population (2000): 289 Housing Units (2000): 132 Land area (2000): 0.356407 sq. miles (0.923091 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.356407 sq. miles (0.923091 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Argyle, GA — U.S. town in Georgia Population (2000): 151 Housing Units (2000): 64 Land area (2000): 1.719461 sq. miles (4.453383 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.719461 sq. miles (4.453383 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Argyle, MN — U.S. city in Minnesota Population (2000): 656 Housing Units (2000): 284 Land area (2000): 1.543850 sq. miles (3.998554 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.543850 sq. miles (3.998554 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Argyle, MO — U.S. town in Missouri Population (2000): 164 Housing Units (2000): 77 Land area (2000): 0.400758 sq. miles (1.037959 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.400758 sq. miles (1.037959 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Argyle, NY — U.S. village in New York Population (2000): 289 Housing Units (2000): 132 Land area (2000): 0.356407 sq. miles (0.923091 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.356407 sq. miles (0.923091 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Argyle, TX — U.S. city in Texas Population (2000): 2365 Housing Units (2000): 818 Land area (2000): 11.138889 sq. miles (28.849589 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.008185 sq. miles (0.021198 sq. km) Total area (2000): 11.147074 sq. miles (28.870787 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Argyle, WI — U.S. village in Wisconsin Population (2000): 823 Housing Units (2000): 365 Land area (2000): 0.604723 sq. miles (1.566226 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.604723 sq. miles (1.566226 sq. km) FIPS …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Argyle — (n.) diamond shaped pattern of two or more colors in fabric, said to be so called from similarity to tartans worn by Campbell clan of Argyll, Scotland. The place name is lit. land of the Gaels, from O.Ir. airer country. Argyle socks is from 1935 …   Etymology dictionary

  • argyle — [är′gīl΄] adj. [after ARGYLL: the pattern is adapted from a clan tartan of Argyll] knitted or woven in a pattern of diamond shaped figures of different colors n. [pl.] argyle socks …   English World dictionary

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