The name Alderish has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons
ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a the Old English personal name
Aldrich, meaning old ruler,
and refers to "a son of Aldrich." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Alderish family
The surname Alderish was first found in the counties of Sussex
, and Surrey
, where the Alderish 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Alderish family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alderish research.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1647 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Alderish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alderish Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Alderish has been spelled many different ways, including Aldridge, Aldrich, Alderich, Alderidge, Eldrich, Elderidge, Elderich and many more.
Early Notables of the Alderish family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alderish family to Ireland
Some of the Alderish family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Alderish family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Alderishs to arrive in North America: George Aldrich who settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1639; Henry Aldrich, who came to Dedham in 1645; George Aldrich, who arrived in Swansea in 1659.