Origins Available: English, Portuguese
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
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.
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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Migration of the Alfred family to the New World and Oceana
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
Alfred Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Alfred Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Alfred Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Alfred (post 1700)
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