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Addler is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a person considered to be brave and noble. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Addler family

The surname Addler was first found in Norfolk and Northampton where they were recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. Adelard was an under tenant of lands at that time. [3] "Adelhard was a cousin of Charlemagne, and Abbot of Corbie." [4]

Adelardus (without surname) is also listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Adam Adelard was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Cambridgeshire. The same rolls include Simon filius Aderlard, Lincolnshire. In Somerset, John Athelard was listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [5] Later John Adelard was documented in 1327 in Yorkshire, and Richard William Adlard was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. [4]

In Gloucestershire, early Pipe Rolls listed Roger Aillard (1205) and Richard Alard (1209). Nicholas Adelard was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1275 and Stephen Eyllard was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. Richard Athelard was found in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 for Cambridgeshire and William Athelard was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327. [2]

"Adelard of Bath was a 12th century writer on philosophy, of English birth, flourished about the beginning of the twelfth century. His English name was Æthelhard. His native place is said to have been Bath; but of the facts of his life little is known beyond the few references to travels contained in his own writings, and an entry in the Pipe Roll, 31 Henry I. " [6]

Early History of the Addler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Addler research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1505 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Addler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Addler Spelling Variations

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 Addler has appeared include Aelheard, Adelard, Adlard and others.

Early Notables of the Addler family (pre 1700)

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United States Addler migration to the United States +

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 Addler arrived in North America very early:

Addler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elkan Nathan Addler, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1903
  • Jonac Addler, aged 48, who landed in America from Hadle, in 1906
  • Maud Addler, aged 20, who immigrated to America from St. Kitts, British West Indies, in 1913
  • A.Sondheema Addler, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1914

Contemporary Notables of the name Addler (post 1700) +

  • Ernie Addler, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1996 [7]


  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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