Alldredge is an old Anglo-Saxon
name that was given to a person who was a the Old English personal name
Aldrich, meaning old ruler,
and refers to "a son of Aldrich." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Alldredge family
The surname Alldredge was first found in the counties of Sussex
, and Surrey
, where the Alldredge family held a family seat
from very early times. The family had the Saxon spellings of Alderich, Ealdric, or possibly Aelfric before the Conquest. Aldridge is a town in Staffordshire
(now the West Midlands) that dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Alrewic and literally means "dwelling or farm among alders" having derived from the Old English word alor + wic. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The parish was originally in the union of Walsall, in the hundred
of Offlow, comprised 7,752 acres and was anciently held by Robert, a tenant
of William fitzAnsculf and was worth 15 shillings. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Alldredge family
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Alldredge Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Alldredge has been recorded under many different variations, including Aldridge, Aldrich, Alderich, Alderidge, Eldrich, Elderidge, Elderich and many more.
Early Notables of the Alldredge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alldredge family to Ireland
Some of the Alldredge family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Alldredge family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Alldredge or a variant listed above: George Aldrich who settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1639; Henry Aldrich, who came to Dedham in 1645; George Aldrich, who arrived in Swansea in 1659.
Contemporary Notables of the name Alldredge (post 1700)
- Ida Romney Alldredge (1892-1943), American author of the Latter-day Saint hymn "They the Builders of the Nation"
- Michael Alldredge (1941-1997), American film and television actor who appeared in 31 movies from 1976 to 1997