Ailingham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the name Ailingham date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the place named Allingham, which was in Kent. Allingham is a compound name, composed of the Old English elements Alling, which means holly, and ham, which means homestead. Thus, Allingham means holly homestead. 
Early Origins of the Ailingham family
The surname Ailingham was first found in Kent where they were Lords of the manor of Allingham. 
Early History of the Ailingham family
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Ailingham Spelling Variations
Ailingham has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Ailingham have been found, including Alingham, Allingham, Hallingham, Allighan and many more.
Early Notables of the Ailingham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ailingham family to Ireland
Some of the Ailingham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ailingham family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ailinghams to arrive on North American shores: Walter Alinham who settled in Barbados in 1704. In Newfoundland, James Allingham, from County Donegal, settled in St. John's in 1834; William Allingham was a fisherman of the Brandy Islands in 1869.
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- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.