The earliest origins of the Aldrit surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person noted for giving good counsel.
Early Origins of the Aldrit family
The surname Aldrit was first found in Cambridgeshire
, at Aldreth, a hamlet that dates back to 1170 when it was listed as Alrehetha in the Pipe Rolls
. The name literally means "landing-place by the alders" from the Old English words for "alor" and "hyth." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
However the surname dates back further and is recorded in the Domesday Book
as Aldreth and Ealdred as holding lands under the Norman King William soon after the Conquest in 1086. In fact, Aldred was a famous ecclesiastic, who was Bishop of York from 1044-1060, and Archbishop of York from 1060-1069, and it was he who crowned the Conqueror.
Early History of the Aldrit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aldrit research.Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1198, 1552, 1632, 1653, 1561, 1624, 1586, 1588, 1563, 1646 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Aldrit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aldrit Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Aldrit are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Aldrit include: Aldred, Aldreth, Aldret and others.
Early Notables of the Aldrit family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Eldred (1552-1632), an English traveler and merchant. Born in New Buckenham, Norfolk
, after his parents moved from Suffolk
, he traveled to Tripoli and returned home with a ship full of goods that were sold making him a wealthy man with a large... Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aldrit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Aldrit family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Aldrit or a variant listed above: Robert Aldred, who settled in Virginia in 1635; William Aldred arrived in Philadelphia in 1834 and moved westward.