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Where did the English Albro family come from? What is the English Albro family crest and coat of arms? When did the Albro family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Albro family history?

When the ancestors of the Albro family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Suffolk where they were first established as Lords of the Manor of Aldborough.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Albro have been found, including Aldborough, Alderborough, Aldbrough, Aldbrow, Aldeborough, Aldburc, Aldburgh, Aldberg, Elderborough, Alborough, Albrough and many more.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Aldborough. At the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086, a census of England initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066, Aldborough was held by Norman from his chief tenants, the Abbot of Ely and Robert Malet's mother. Conjecturally the family name is descended from this source. At this time, Aldborough consisted of a village with two churches.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Albro research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1371, 1500, 1584, 1630, 1617 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Albro History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Albro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Albro were among those contributors:

Albro Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Albro (c. 1617-1712), early settler to the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1634; he became a magistrate, and a long-time military officer in the Portsmouth Militia in the colony

Albro Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Miss S J Albro, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855

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  • Maxine Albro (1903-1966), American painter, muralist and lithographer
  • John Albro (1764-1839), Canadian merchant and politician in Nova Scotia who represented Halifax Township in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (1818 to 1826)
  • Robert Albro (b. 1962), Australian professional footballer


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  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Albro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Albro Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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