The Aldham name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in an enclosed place.
The surname Aldham literally means dweller at the old enclosure or dwelling.
Early Origins of the Aldham family
The surname Aldham was first found in Essex
at Aldham. In all cases, the place name meant "the old homestead," or "homestead of a man called Ealda," from the Old English personal name
+ "ham." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
and Aldham, Suffolk
were both listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 and both were listed under the same spelling, Aldeham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Another branch of the family was found at Elford in Staffordshire
. "Before the Conquest the manor [of Elford] belonged to Earl Algar, and in the reign of Henry III. was held by William de Alderne, whose descendants continued to enjoy it until the marriage of the heiress of Sir John Alderney with the Stanleys, when the property passed to that family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Aldham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aldham research.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1660 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Aldham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aldham Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Aldham has undergone many spelling variations
, including Aldham, Aldam, Aldem, Aldum, Aldeham, Aldom, Eldham, Eldam and many more.
Early Notables of the Aldham family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Aldham of Shrimpling, Norfolk; and Thomas Aldham or Aldam (c.
1616-1660) was an English Quaker who was imprisoned in York in 1652 for speaking in a "steeple-house" (church), and fined 40 shillings... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aldham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Aldham family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Aldham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Eleanor Aldham, aged 28, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Thursday 26th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caroline 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caroline1855.shtml