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

The ancient roots of the Oldum family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Oldum comes from when the family lived in Oldham, in Lancashire. This was a town near the city of Manchester; it has since been absorbed by that city. The place-name Oldham is derived from the Old English elements old, which means old, and ham, which means farm. The place-name therefore translates as "the old farm." Alternatively, it would appear that the place-name also appeared as a personal name; the surname could be derived from this personal name, making it a patronymic name. However, the etymology of the name remains the same regardless of the actual process by which this surname arose.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Oldum has appeared include Oldham, Oldum, Oldan, Oldhams and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldum research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1486, 1480, 1505, 1486, 1480, 1452, 1519, 1653 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Oldum History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 77 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oldum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Oldum arrived in North America very early:

Oldum Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Percy Oldum settled in Virginia in 1643 with his wife Elizabeth, and son James
  • Eliz Oldum, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • James Oldum, who landed in Virginia in 1643

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