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Where did the English Aldridge family come from? What is the English Aldridge family crest and coat of arms? When did the Aldridge family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Aldridge family history?The Anglo-Saxon name Aldridge comes from when its first bearer worked as a the Old English personal name Aldrich, meaning old ruler, and refers to "a son of Aldrich."
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Aldridge include Aldridge, Aldrich, Alderich, Alderidge, Eldrich, Elderidge, Elderich and many more.
First found in the counties of Sussex, Suffolk, and Surrey, where the Aldridge family held a family seat from very early times. The family had the Saxon spellings of Alderich, Ealdric, or possibly Aelfric before the Conquest. Aldridge is a town in Staffordshire (now the West Midlands) that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Alrewic and literally means "dwelling or farm among alders" having derived from the Old English word alor + wic.  The parish was originally in the union of Walsall, in the hundred of Offlow, comprised 7,752 acres and was anciently held by Robert, a tenant of William fitzAnsculf and was worth 15 shillings. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aldridge research. Another 67 words(5 lines of text) covering the years 1647 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Aldridge History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aldridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Aldridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 71 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Aldridge or a variant listed above:
Aldridge Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Aldridge Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Aldridge Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Aldridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aldridge 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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