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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aldous research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1284 is included under the topic Early Aldous History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Aldous Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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..

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  • Thomas W. Aldous Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for Virginia State Senate 25th District, 2011
  • Robert Aldous (b. 1934), English stage and television actor
  • Sir William Aldous, English Lord Justice of Appeal in 1996 and member of the Privy Council in 1995
  • 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


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The Aldous Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aldous 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.

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