Aldam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Aldam date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Aldam family lived in an enclosed place. The surname Aldam literally means dweller at the old enclosure or dwelling.

Early Origins of the Aldam family

The surname Aldam was first found in Essex, Suffolk and Yorkshire at Aldham. In all cases, the place name meant "the old homestead," or "homestead of a man called Ealda," from the Old English personal name + "ham." [1]

Aldham, Essex and Aldham, Suffolk were both listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 and both were listed under the same spelling, Aldeham. [2]

Another branch of the family was found at Elford in Staffordshire. "Before the Conquest the manor [of Elford] belonged to Earl Algar, and in the reign of Henry III. was held by William de Alderne, whose descendants continued to enjoy it until the marriage of the heiress of Sir John Alderney with the Stanleys, when the property passed to that family." [3]

Aldhelm (640?-709), was Bishop of Sherborne, the son of Kenten. "Aldhelm was no less great as a builder than as a scholar. He built a church dedicated to SS. Peter and Paul to be the head church of his monastery. He also built two other churches at Malmesbury. One of these, St. Mary's, succeeded St. Peter's as the chief church in the tenth century. " [4]

Early History of the Aldam family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aldam research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1660 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Aldam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aldam Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Aldam are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Aldam include: Aldham, Aldam, Aldem, Aldum, Aldeham, Aldom, Eldham, Eldam and many more.

Early Notables of the Aldam family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Aldham or Aldam (c. 1616-1660), an English Quaker who was imprisoned in York in 1652 for speaking in a "steeple-house" (church), and fined 40 shillings for refusing to pay...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aldam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Aldam migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Aldam or a variant listed above:

Aldam Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Aldam aged 27 who settled in Maryland in 1775

Contemporary Notables of the name Aldam (post 1700) +

  • Jeffery Heaton Aldam, County Education Officer Hampshire, England
  • Edward Aldam Leatham (1828-1900), English Liberal Member of Parliament, Member of Parliament for Huddersfield (1859-1865), and (1868-1886)


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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