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Allred is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person noted for giving good counsel.

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The surname Allred was first found in Cambridgeshire, at Aldreth, a hamlet that dates back to 1170 when it was listed as Alrehetha in the Pipe Rolls. The name literally means "landing-place by the alders" from the Old English words for "alor" and "hyth." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
However the surname dates back further and is recorded in the Domesday Book as Aldreth and Ealdred as holding lands under the Norman King William soon after the Conquest in 1086. In fact, Aldred was a famous ecclesiastic, who was Bishop of York from 1044-1060, and Archbishop of York from 1060-1069, and it was he who crowned the Conqueror.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Allred were recorded, including Aldred, Aldreth, Aldret and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allred research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1198, 1552, 1632, 1653, 1561, 1624, 1586, 1588, 1563, 1646 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Allred History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include John Eldred (1552-1632), an English traveler and merchant. Born in New Buckenham, Norfolk, after his parents moved from Suffolk, he traveled to Tripoli and returned home with a ship full of goods that were sold making him a wealthy man with a large...

Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Allred Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Allred family emigrate to North America:

Allred Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Gaston Allred, aged 54, who landed in America from Buenos Aires, in 1905
  • Sarah Allred, aged 28, who landed in America from Atherton, England, in 1910
  • Warner Webb Allred, aged 29, who emigrated to Girard, Alabama, in 1916
  • James Albert Allred, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States from Chorley, England, in 1919
  • Catherine Allred, aged 37, who landed in America from Chorley, England, in 1919
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  • Cary Dale Allred (1947-2011), American politician, Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (1995-2009)
  • Julie Allred (1954-2011), American child actress, known for her role in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
  • John Allred (b. 1974), American NFL football player who played from 1997 to 2002
  • James Allred (1889-1959), American politician, 33rd Governor of Texas (1935-1939)
  • Corbin Allred (b. 1979), American Young Artist Award nominated actor, known for his roles in Saints and Soldiers (2003), The Saratov Approach (2013) and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
  • Colin Zachary Allred (b. 1983), American NFL football player for the Tennessee Titans (2006-2010)
  • Beau Allred (b. 1965), American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played three seasons for the Cleveland Indians between 1989 and 1991
  • Silvia H. Allred (b. 1944), American Mormon missionary
  • Owen Arthur Allred (1914-2005), American Mormon fundamentalist leader
  • Lance Allred (b. 1981), American NBA basketball player
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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Allred Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Allred Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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