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Where did the English Ellershaw family come from? What is the English Ellershaw family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ellershaw family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ellershaw family history?The name Ellershaw is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in a region or small valley with alder trees. The surname Ellershaw may also indicate one who came from Aldersey, an ancient village or hamlet that once existed in England.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ellershaw family name 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellershaw research. Another 278 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1327 and 1899 are included under the topic Early Ellershaw History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ellershaw surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Grace Aldersey, who settled in Virginia in 1646; Stephen Aldersea who arrived in Maryland in 1724; and John Aldersey, who settled in Boston in 1820.
The Ellershaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ellershaw 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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