Alderete History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Alderete is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a the Old English personal name Aldrich, meaning old ruler, and refers to "a son of Aldrich." [1]

Early Origins of the Alderete family

The surname Alderete was first found in the counties of Sussex, Suffolk, and Surrey, where the Alderete family held a family seat from very early times. The family had the Saxon spellings of Alderich, Ealdric, or possibly Aelfric before the Conquest.

Aldridge is a town in Staffordshire (now the West Midlands) that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Alrewic and literally means "dwelling or farm among alders" having derived from the Old English word alor + wic. [2]

The parish was originally in the union of Walsall, in the hundred of Offlow, comprised 7,752 acres and was anciently held by Robert, a tenant of William fitzAnsculf and was worth 15 shillings. [3]

Important Dates for the Alderete family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alderete research. Another 34 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1647, 1710, 1566 and 1507 are included under the topic Early Alderete History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alderete Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Alderete include Aldridge, Aldrich, Alderich, Alderidge, Eldrich, Elderidge, Elderich and many more.

Early Notables of the Alderete family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Robert Aldridge; and Henry Aldrich (1647-1710), an English theologian, philosopher and architect who designed All Saints Church, Oxford. [4] Robert Aldrich or Aldridge (d. 1566), was...
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Migration of the Alderete family to Ireland

Some of the Alderete family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alderete migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Alderete were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Alderete Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alonso Alderete, who arrived in America in 1816 [5]
  • Jeronimo De Alderete, who landed in Chile in 1855 [5]
Alderete Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Francisco Alderete, aged 28, who landed in America from Paris, in 1904
  • Pedro Alderete, aged 30, who landed in America from Paris, in 1904
  • Salome Alderete, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Havana, Cuba, in 1908
  • Jorge Porez Alderete, aged 21, who immigrated to America from Havana, Cuba, in 1910

Contemporary Notables of the name Alderete (post 1700)

  • Juan Alderete (b. 1963), American bassist known for his work with the band The Mars Volta
  • Joe V. Alderete, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 116th District, 1992 [6]
  • Frank J. Alderete, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1992 [6]
  • Reinaldo Andrés Alderete (b. 1983), Argentine football midfielder
  • Fernando Alderete, Actor
  • Ángel Alderete, Cinematographer

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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from
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