Alderten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Alderten is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in a region or farm with alder trees. Accounts suggest that the surname Alderten may also mean the farm of the great and wise warrior.

Early Origins of the Alderten family

The surname Alderten was first found in Northampton, Wiltshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, and is of great antiquity. The name means 'the farm of the great and wise warrior'.

Early History of the Alderten family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alderten research. Another 24 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 159 and 1592 are included under the topic Early Alderten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alderten 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. Alderten has been spelled many different ways, including Alderton, Elderton, Eldarton, Aldarten, Eldertin and others.

Early Notables of the Alderten family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Alderten family

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 Aldertens to arrive in North America: John Alderton who came at the time of the "Mayflower" in 1620; and settled in Plymouth, and later in Massachusetts, at the age of 21. Another John Alderton settled in Virginia in 1663.


Contemporary Notables of the name Alderten (post 1700) +

  • John Alderten, American educator, Massachusetts


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