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

The ancestors of the bearers of the Eldershaw family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in a region or small valley with alder trees. The surname Eldershaw may also indicate one who came from Aldersey, an ancient village or hamlet that once existed in England.

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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 Eldershaw include Aldersey, Eldersey, Aldersea, Eldersy and others.

First found in Chester, modernly known as Cheshire. They are a family of great antiquity in that county, and held estates at Aldersey and Spurstow from about the 11th century. They also held estates at Bunbury and Peel Hall in the parish of Tarvin.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eldershaw research. Another 278 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1327 and 1899 are included under the topic Early Eldershaw History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Eldershaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Eldershaw or a variant listed above:

Eldershaw Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Thomas Eldershaw, aged 65, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • William Eldershaw, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Sheffield, in 1904
  • Ellen Eldershaw, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Sheffield, in 1904
  • John M. Eldershaw, aged 11, who emigrated to America from Isle of Wight, England, in 1916
  • Frank Herbert Eldershaw, aged 36, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1920

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  • Simon Eldershaw (b. 1983), English former professional footballer
  • Flora Sydney Patricia Eldershaw (1897-1956), Australian novelist, critic and historian who sometimes used the pseudonym M. Barnard Eldershaw


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The Eldershaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eldershaw 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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