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

The Oldroyd name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived as inhabitants inside a clearing in a wooded region.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Oldroyd has undergone many spelling variations, including Holroyd, Hollroyd, Ollroyd, Olroyd, Oldroyd and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldroyd research. Another 320 words(23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oldroyd History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Oldroyd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Oldroyd were among those contributors:

Oldroyd Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Oldroyd, who arrived in Maryland in 1818
  • Joshua Oldroyd settled in New York State in 1855
  • Charles, Henry Thompson, and James Oldroyd settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1834 and 1880

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  • George Oldroyd (1887-1956), English organist and composer of Anglican church music
  • Eleanor Oldroyd (b. 1962), English sports broadcaster with BBC Radio
  • Harold Oldroyd (1914-1978), British entomologist
  • Sir Mark Oldroyd (1843-1927), British woollen manufacturer and Liberal Party politician
  • Edgar Oldroyd (1888-1964), British cricketer
  • James Gardner Oldroyd (1921-1982), British mathematician and noted rheologist


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quem te Deus esse jussit
Motto Translation: What God commands you to be.

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