Aldis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Aldis family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Old English given name Aldus. Ald, the first part of the name, means old.

Early Origins of the Aldis family

The surname Aldis was first found in the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire in the south east of England, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Soon after, Rudolphus Aldous was recorded in Yorkshire in 1168 as holding considerable estates and lands, and Robert Aldous was recorded in Norfolk in 1230.

Early History of the Aldis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aldis research. Another 36 words (3 lines of text) covering the year 1284 is included under the topic Early Aldis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aldis Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Aldis, Aldous, Aldhouse, Aldus, Aldiss, Oldis and many more.

Early Notables of the Aldis family (pre 1700)

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United States Aldis migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Aldis or a variant listed above:

Aldis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nathan Aldis who settled in Massachusetts in 1640. He was made freeman 1640 and was a Deacon of the town. He died March 15, 1670 and had at least two sons from which many of the North American family name descended
  • Nathan Aldis, who landed in Dedham Massachusetts in 1640 [1]
Aldis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Aldis, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Aldis (post 1700) +

  • Owen Aldis (1926-2001), American behavioural psychologist from Chicago
  • Dorothy Aldis (1896-1966), American children's author and poet
  • Ronald Aldis, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1972 [2]
  • Asa Aldis, American politician, Justice of Vermont State Supreme Court, 1815; Presidential Elector for Vermont, 1824, 1828 [2]
  • Charles James Berridge Aldis (1808-1872), English physician, son of Sir Charles Aldis, born in London on 16 Jan. 1808 [3]
  • Sir Charles Aldis (1775-1863), English surgeon, born in 1775 or 1776 in Norfolk, was the son of Daniel Aldis, a medical practitioner [3]
  • Peter Aldis (1927-2008), English footballer
  • William Aldis Wright (1836-1914), English scholar and critic

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019 on Facebook
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