Origin of the Name McArdle
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name McArdle
include Ardill, Cardwell, McCardle and McArdell. This name is found in Ulster mostly around the town of Newry. The name Ardill is often interchanged with this name and a branch of this family is found in North Tipperary. The name in Irish is McArdghail, taken from Gaelic words that mean 'high valour'. They were a branch of the McMahons of Oriel with their sept belonging historically to that territory. The ancient 'Hearth Money Rolls' indicate that McArdill with its variants was one of the most popular names in County Monaghan, Armagh and Louth in the seventeenth century, and this is confirmed by the Petty Census in the year 1659.
The McArdle coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all McArdle descendants.