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The name Aldray reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Aldray family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Aldray family lived in an area called Audrieu in Normandy. Guillaume de Audrieu resided in that area, in addition to holding lands in the canton of Tilly-Sur Seulles, near Caen, Normandy.

Aldray Early Origins



The surname Aldray was first found in Durham where Guillaume de Audrieu held lands in addition to his lands in the canton of Tilly-Sur Seulles, near Caen in Normandy. In 1083 William also held lands in Wiltshire.

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Aldray Spelling Variations


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Aldray Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Aldrey, Aldrie, Aldri, Audrieu and others.

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Aldray Early History


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Aldray Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aldray research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1154, 1153 and 1165 are included under the topic Early Aldray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Aldray Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Aldray Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Aldray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Aldray name or one of its variants: Ellen Audrey, who settled in Virginia in 1652; Joseph Audrieu, who settled in Louisiana in 1756; and Samuel Audry, who settled in Virginia in 1660.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Aldray Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aldray 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.

    This page was last modified on 31 January 2014 at 10:49.

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