Aldwyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Aldwyn family

The surname Aldwyn was first found in Westmorland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 11th century when Aldenus held estates in that county. They may have been of Cumbrian extraction. The Dalden variant has a most interesting history found in Dawdon or Dawden, Durham. "There was once a castle or peel here, which in the first ages after the Conquest was the seat of the family of Escolland, who, it seems, afterwards assumed the name of Dalden, by which term this place was formerly designated, It was also for two centuries a favourite seat of the family of Bowes. A domestic chapel was attached to the structure, as Sir Jordan de Dalden, in 1325, obtained a licence to establish an oratory within his manor-house, on condition that no injury should arise to the parochial church of Dalton." [1]

Important Dates for the Aldwyn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aldwyn research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1109, 1504, 1455, 1487, 1599, 1687, 1602, 1680, 1622, 1858, 1623 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Aldwyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aldwyn Spelling Variations

Aldwyn has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Alden, Aldin, Aldwen, Aldyn, Aldwyn, Aldwen, Elden, Eldwyn, Eldwin, Eldin, Olden, Auden, Aldan, Aldon and many more.

Early Notables of the Aldwyn family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John, C. Alden (1599-1687) was a crew member of the Mayflower and one of the Puritan settlers of the Plymouth Colony. He arrived in America where he became an assistant to the Governor of the colony. He married Priscilla Alden (c. 1602-1680) (née Mullins or Mullens), on May 12, 1622. She was another passenger on...
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Migration of the Aldwyn family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Aldwyns to arrive on North American shores: John Alden, who arrived in Plymouth, MA in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower"; Elizabeth Alden, who came to Massachusetts in 1620; Edward Alden, on record in Virginia in 1635.

Contemporary Notables of the name Aldwyn (post 1700)

  • Bryan Aldwyn Hextall (1913-1984), Canadian professional ice hockey forward, progenitor of the famous Hextall hockey players: Bryan, Dennis and grandfather to Ron Hextall, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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