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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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 [2]
Alfred Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Alfred, aged 22, who arrived in Virginia in 1773 [2]
  • 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

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
  • Edward Alfred Evans AC (1941-2020), Australian senior public servant and economist, Secretary of the Department of the Treasury (1993-2001)
  • Glenn Alfred Beckert (1940-2020), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1965 to 1975, four-time All-Star and a Gold Glove Award winner
  • Edward Alfred Cowper (1819-1893), British mechanical engineer, recipient of the Elliott Cresson Medal of The Franklin Institute in 1889 [3]
  • Mr. Trevor Alfred Workman B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to the British Carillon Society and to the community in Bournville, West Midlands
  • Mr. Robert Alfred Parke B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to the community in Eglinton, County Londonderry

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook
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