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

When the ancestors of the Albro family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Suffolk where they were first established as Lords of the Manor of Aldborough.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Albro have been found, including Aldborough, Alderborough, Aldbrough, Aldbrow, Aldeborough, Aldburc, Aldburgh, Aldberg, Elderborough, Alborough, Albrough and many more.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Aldborough. At the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086, a census of England initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066, Aldborough was held by Norman from his chief tenants, the Abbot of Ely and Robert Malet's mother. Conjecturally the family name is descended from this source. At this time, Aldborough consisted of a village with two churches.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Albro research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1371, 1500, 1584, 1630, 1617 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Albro History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Albro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Albro were among those contributors:

Albro Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Albro (c. 1617-1712), early settler to the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1634; he became a magistrate, and a long-time military officer in the Portsmouth Militia in the colony

Albro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Miss S J Albro, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855

Albro Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Samuel Albro, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • William Albro, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760

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  • Maxine Albro (1903-1966), American painter, muralist and lithographer
  • Myron Dale Albro (b. 1897), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tioga County, 1938-52; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1964
  • Howard Albro, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 43rd District, 1934
  • Henry W. Albro, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Megantic, 1891-98, 1898-1911
  • Harry B. Albro (b. 1887), American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1948
  • Christopher D. Albro, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Massachusetts State Treasurer, 1905
  • Addis Albro, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1900
  • Robert Albro (b. 1962), Australian professional footballer
  • John Albro (1764-1839), Canadian merchant and politician in Nova Scotia who represented Halifax Township in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (1818 to 1826)


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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Albro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Albro 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.

This page was last modified on 26 October 2015 at 10:26.

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