Aldridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Anglo-Saxon name Aldridge comes from when its first bearer worked as a the Old English personal name Aldrich, meaning old ruler, and refers to "a son of Aldrich." [1]

Early Origins of the Aldridge family

The surname Aldridge was first found in the counties of Sussex, Suffolk, and Surrey, where the Aldridge family held a family seat from very early times. The family had the Saxon spellings of Alderich, Ealdric, or possibly Aelfric before the Conquest.

Aldridge is a town in Staffordshire (now the West Midlands) that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Alrewic and literally means "dwelling or farm among alders" having derived from the Old English word alor + wic. [2]

The parish was originally in the union of Walsall, in the hundred of Offlow, comprised 7,752 acres and was anciently held by Robert, a tenant of William fitzAnsculf and was worth 15 shillings. [3]

Important Dates for the Aldridge family

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Aldridge Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Aldridge include Aldridge, Aldrich, Alderich, Alderidge, Eldrich, Elderidge, Elderich and many more.

Early Notables of the Aldridge family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Robert Aldridge; and Henry Aldrich (1647-1710), an English theologian, philosopher and architect who designed All Saints Church, Oxford. [4] Robert Aldrich or Aldridge (d. 1566), was...
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Migration of the Aldridge family to Ireland

Some of the Aldridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aldridge migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Aldridge or a variant listed above:

Aldridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Aldridge, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1636 [5]
  • Henry Aldridge, who arrived in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1644 [5]
  • Robert Aldridge, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1656 [5]
  • Mathew Aldridge, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [5]
  • Jane Aldridge, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Aldridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Deborah Aldridge, who settled in Jamaica in 1717
  • William Aldridge, who landed in Georgia in 1752 [5]
  • William Jos Aldridge, who arrived in America in 1795 [5]
Aldridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alfred Aldridge, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Thomas Aldridge, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County,Pennsylvania in 1844 [5]
  • Dr. Aldridge, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]
  • J. Pall Aldridge, who arrived in Arkansas in 1894 [5]

Aldridge migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Aldridge Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Aldridge, who was recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario

Aldridge migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Aldridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Peter Aldridge, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Sydney J. Aldridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [7]
  • Sydney J. Aldridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [8]
  • Eliza Aldridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [8]
  • Jane Aldridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Aldridge migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Aldridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Job Aldridge, aged 25, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Anna Aldridge, aged 21, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Mrs. Aldridge, (b. , British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [9]
  • Mr. James Aldridge, (b. 1835), aged 23, British gardener and groom travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [9]
  • Miss Christina Aldridge, (b. 1843), aged 15, English house servant from England travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Aldridge (post 1700)

  • Alexandra Aldridge (b. 1994), American three-time bronze medalist ice dancer
  • Victor "Vic" Aldridge (1893-1973), nicknamed the "Hoosier Schoolmaster," an American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 1917 to 1928
  • Robert Aldridge (b. 1954), American composer and professor, best known for his opera Elmer Gantry
  • Ira Frederick Aldridge (1807-1867), African-American stage actor who had a long career on the London stage playing Shakespearean roles
  • James N. Aldridge, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 11th District, 1974 [11]
  • James D. Aldridge, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Frostburg, Maryland, 1941-42 (acting, 1941-42) [11]
  • George Washington Aldridge (1856-1922), American Republican politician, Mayor of Rochester, New York, 1894; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920 [11]
  • F. M. Aldridge Sr., American politician, Mayor of Gainesville, Texas, 1953-55 [11]
  • Donald R. Aldridge, American Republican politician, Member of Arizona State House of Representatives, 1983-96 [11]
  • Cliff Aldridge, American Republican politician, Member of Oklahoma State Senate 42nd District; elected 2002 [11]
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Aldridge family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Ernest William Aldridge (1884-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Arthur Aldridge, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  13. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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