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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. [1] 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. [2]


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

  • George Aldridge, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Henry Aldridge, who arrived in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1644
  • Robert Aldridge, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1656
  • Mathew Aldridge, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Jane Aldridge, who arrived in Maryland in 1675

Aldridge Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Deborah Aldridge, who settled in Jamaica in 1717
  • William Aldridge, who landed in Georgia in 1752
  • William Jos Aldridge, who arrived in America in 1795

Aldridge Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Aldridge, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Thomas Aldridge, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County,Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Dr. Aldridge, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J. Pall Aldridge, who arrived in Arkansas in 1894


  • Ira Frederick Aldridge (1807-1867), African-American stage actor who had a long career on the London stage playing Shakespearean roles
  • Robert Aldridge (b. 1954), American composer and professor, best known for his opera Elmer Gantry
  • Victor "Vic" Aldridge (1893-1973), nicknamed the "Hoosier Schoolmaster," an American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 1917 to 1928
  • Alexandra Aldridge (b. 1994), American three-time bronze medalist ice dancer
  • Martin James Aldridge (1974-2000), English professional footballer
  • Michael William ffolliott Aldridge (1920-1994), English actor
  • Frederick Aldridge, Under Secretary of Health
  • Alan Aldridge (b. 1943), British artist
  • Amanda Christina Elizabeth Aldridge (1866-1956), British composer
  • Edward C. Aldridge Jr. (b. 1938), former United States Secretary of the Air Force



  • Aldridge Family Genealogy and History by Franklin Rudolph Aldridge.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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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