Alfreton is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name that is derived from the Old English personal name Alvred.
This name was popular in England
because of the fame of Alfred the Great (849-899), who was the Anglo-Saxon
King of Wessex.
Early Origins of the Alfreton family
The surname Alfreton was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Alfreton family
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Alfreton Spelling Variations
Alfreton 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. Many variations of the name Alfreton have been found, including Alfray, Alfraye, Alfrey, Aufrey, Aufray, Alphrey, Alphray, Alferry, Allfree and many more.
Early Notables of the Alfreton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alfreton family to the New World and Oceana
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 Alfretons to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Alferry, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1685; and M. Alfrey, who was recorded in Essex
County, Ontario in 1883.