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Aldous is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England. It comes from the Old English given name Aldus. Ald, the first part of the name, means old.

Early Origins of the Aldous family

The surname Aldous 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.

"Aldous is an ancient east country name which at present has its principal home in and around Harleston in this county, though still found in Ipswich and Stowmarket. Aldus was the name of an Ipswich bailiff in 1654 (W.), and the name of Aldhuse was established in Stowmarket in the reign of Elizabeth (H.). In the forms of Aldus and Alduse it occurred in the reign of Edward I. in Norfolk, Notts, Lincolnshire, and Oxfordshire (H. R.). We learn from Blomefield's "Norfolk" that Aldous was the name of the rector of Wreningham in that county in 1393, and that Thomas Aldous of Starston, Norfolk, died in 1740 at the age of 100: Aldhouse is also an old Norfolk name." [1]

Early History of the Aldous family

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Aldous Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Aldous family name include Aldis, Aldous, Aldhouse, Aldus, Aldiss, Oldis and many more.

Early Notables of the Aldous family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Aldous family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Aldous family to immigrate North America: Nathan Aldis who settled in Massachusetts, 1640; he was made freeman 1640 and was a Deacon of the town. He died March 15; 1670; had at least two sons from which many of the North American family name descended..

Contemporary Notables of the name Aldous (post 1700) +

  • Thomas W. Aldous Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for Virginia State Senate 25th District, 2011 [2]
  • Sir William Aldous PC (1936-2018), English jurist, Lord Justice of Appeal (1995-2003), High Court Judge (1988-1995)
  • Robert Aldous (b. 1934), English stage and television actor
  • Alan Aldous (1923-1992), English teacher and headmaster
  • John Gray Aldous Ph.D., Canadian pharmacologist and educator, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Montague Aldous (1850-1946), Canadian surveyor
  • Aldous Leonard Huxley (1894-1933), English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family possibly best known for his novel "Brave New World"

  1. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook