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The generations and branches of the Alderson family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Alderson comes from the baptismal name Alder. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures. The name Alder meant wise warrior.

Alderson Early Origins



The surname Alderson was first found in London and Middlesex, where the name meant 'son of the old wise warrior'. By the 16th century they had migrated north to Scotland to Haddington in East Lothian where they called themselves Alderston.

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Alderson Spelling Variations


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Alderson 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 Alderson include Alders, Alderson, Alderston, Alderstone, Aldirstone and many more.

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Alderson Early History


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Alderson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alderson research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1544 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Alderson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Alderson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Alderson Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Alderson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Alderson or a variant listed above:

Alderson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Alderson, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Thomas Alderson who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1679

Alderson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Alderson, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Simon Alderson, who arrived in North Carolina in 1705

Alderson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Alderson, who landed in New York in 1803
  • John Alderson, aged 40, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • John Alderson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • Richard Alderson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Thomas Alderson, who settled in that same city in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Alderson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Anthony Alderson, aged 50, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Cicely Alderson, aged 38, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Phoebe Alderson, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Martin Alderson, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • James Alderson, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Alderson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Alderson (post 1700)



  • Joan Alderson (b. 1935), American bronze medalist competitive swimmer at the 1952 Summer Olympics
  • Dale Leonard Alderson (1918-1982), American Major League Baseball piticher for the Chicago Cubs from 1943 through 1944
  • John D. Alderson, American lawyer and politician, Sergeant at Arms of the West Virginia Senate from 1871 to 1873, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from West Virginia's 3rd congressional district (18891895)
  • Eddie Alderson (b. 1994), American Daytime Emmy and Young Artist Award nominated actor from Bucks County, Pennsylvania
  • Daniel John "Dan" Alderson (1941-1989), American scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, eponym of the fictional Alderson drive and the theoretical Alderson drive
  • Eugene Alderson, American Democrat politician, Chair of Nicholas County Democratic Party, 1929
  • E. P. Alderson, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 9th District, 1925-28
  • A. M. Alderson, American politician, Secretary of State of Montana, 1913-17
  • Fleming Newman Alderson (b. 1884), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Nicholas County, 1911-12; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1912
  • J. Clarence Alderson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1960
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Alderson Historic Events


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Alderson Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Stanley Alderson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, died during the evacuation of Singapore in 1942

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Alderson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alderson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 22 June 2016 at 16:49.

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