Aldershaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Aldershaw is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in a region or small valley with alder trees. The surname Aldershaw may also indicate one who came from Aldersey, an ancient village or hamlet that once existed in England.
Early Origins of the Aldershaw family
The surname Aldershaw was first found in Cheshire, at Aldersey, a civil parish, now in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester. They are a family of great antiquity in that county, and held estates at Aldersey and Spurstow from about the 11th century. They also held estates at Bunbury and Peel Hall in the parish of Tarvin.
Early History of the Aldershaw family
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Aldershaw Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Aldershaw were recorded, including Aldersey, Eldersey, Aldersea, Eldersy and others.
Early Notables of the Aldershaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aldershaw family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Aldershaw family emigrate to North America: Grace Aldersey, who settled in Virginia in 1646; Stephen Aldersea who arrived in Maryland in 1724; and John Aldersey, who settled in Boston in 1820.
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