The name Alldean is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in an enclosed place.
The surname Alldean literally means dweller at the old enclosure or dwelling.
Early Origins of the Alldean family
The surname Alldean was first found in Essex
at Aldham. In all cases, the place name meant "the old homestead," or "homestead of a man called Ealda," from the Old English personal name
+ "ham." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
and Aldham, Suffolk
were both listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 and both were listed under the same spelling, Aldeham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Another branch of the family was found at Elford in Staffordshire
. "Before the Conquest the manor [of Elford] belonged to Earl Algar, and in the reign of Henry III. was held by William de Alderne, whose descendants continued to enjoy it until the marriage of the heiress of Sir John Alderney with the Stanleys, when the property passed to that family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Alldean family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alldean research.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1660 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Alldean History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alldean Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Alldean are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Alldean include: Aldham, Aldam, Aldem, Aldum, Aldeham, Aldom, Eldham, Eldam and many more.
Early Notables of the Alldean family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Aldham of Shrimpling, Norfolk; and Thomas Aldham or Aldam (c.
1616-1660) was an English Quaker who was imprisoned in York in 1652 for speaking in a "steeple-house" (church), and fined 40 shillings... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alldean Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Alldean family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Alldean or a variant listed above: Daniel Aldam aged 27 who settled in Maryland in 1775.