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Early Origins of the Alderford family

The surname Alderford was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. Alderford is a village and civil parish in Norfolk, about ten miles north-west of Norwich. The village dates back to at least 1163 where it was known as Alaforda and was derived from the Old English alor + ford which meant "ford where the alders grow." 1

The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire and seated at Kinghtwick. 2

Early History of the Alderford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alderford research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1043, 1352, 1455, 1486, 1487, 1510, 1566, 1600, 1607 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Alderford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alderford Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Alderford include Alderford, Alderforth, Elderford, Alderforde, Alterford and many more.

Early Notables of the Alderford family

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Migration of the Alderford family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Alderford or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook