Alfred History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Alfred. It was a name given to someone who was a personal name Alfred. which literally means elf counsel.

Early Origins of the Alfred family

The surname Alfred was first found in Kent and originated there, and is one of the oldest Saxon names. The family name, originally Alured is shown in the Domesday Book compiled in 1086, as a holder of lands in Kent even after the Norman invasion of 1066 by Duke William.

Alfred of Beverley ( fl. 1143), was an early English chronicler and a priest of Beverley. He is described in the preface to his book as 'treasurer of the church of Beverley.' "He speaks of himself as contemporary with the removal of the Flemings from the north of England to Ross in Herefordshire in 1112. " [1]

Early History of the Alfred family

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Alfred Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Alfred have been found, including Alfred, Allfred, Alured, Aelfred, Alverd and others.

Early Notables of the Alfred family (pre 1700)

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Alfred Ranking

In the United States, the name Alfred is the 4,520th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2] However, in France, the name Alfred is ranked the 6,673rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [3]


United States Alfred migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Alfred, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Alfred Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Moses Alfred, who landed in Maryland in 1675 [4]
Alfred Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Alfred, aged 22, who arrived in Virginia in 1773 [4]
  • Robert Alfred who settled in Virginia at the age of 22 in 1774
Alfred Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Alfred, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1870

Australia Alfred migration to Australia +

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

Alfred Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alfred Stallard, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. Alfred Broad, (Johnson, Frederick) who was convicted in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 4th August 1836, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Alfred Savage who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 4th August 1836, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Alfred Steel who was convicted in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 4th August 1836, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Alfred Parnell, (b. 1818), aged 20, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for robbery, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 24th March 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Alfred 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:

Alfred Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Delisle Alfred, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • Alfred M., who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Alfred (post 1700) +

  • Mike Alfred, South African poet
  • Jean Alfred Ph.D (1940-2015), Canadian politician, Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Papineau (1976-1981)
  • Arnold Montague Alfred, Director of British Printing Corporation
  • Charles Alfred Pillsbury (1842-1899), American co-founder of C.A. Pillsbury and Company with his uncle John Sargent Pillsbury in 1872
  • Henry Alfred Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born American diplomat, US Secretary of State, 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Sir James Alfred Jacoby (1852-1909), British lace manufacturer, who held the position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1877 to 1878, he sat at the House of Commons from 1885 to 1909
  • John Alfred Williams (1925-2015), American author, journalist and academic, best known for his 1967 bestseller The Man Who Cried I Am
  • Sir Robert Alfred McCall KCVO KC (1849-1934), Irish lawyer, born at Lisburn, County Antrim, and educated at the Queen's College Galway and Queen's College Belfast, President of the Huguenot Society of London in 1923
  • Ronald Alfred Pickup (1940-2021), English actor from Chester, who was active in television, film, and theatre, known for his 1964 appearance in Doctor Who for which he was paid £30
  • Paul Alfred Delorey (1949-2021), Canadian professional curler who represented the NWT/Yukon at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships in 1987 and former politician, MLA for Hay River North (1999-2011)


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bardaster
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant


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