Allred History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Allred family

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]

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.

"Edred or Eadred (died 955) was an ancient Saxon king of the English, youngest son of Eadward the elder and Eadgifu, and was chosen in 946 to succeed his brother Eadmund. At his coronation he received the submission of the Northumbrians, the Northmen, the Welsh, and the Scots. " [2]

Aldred the Glossator (10th cent.) was the "writer of the glosses in the Northumbrian dialect which are inserted in the Latin manuscript of the Gospels, known as the 'Lindisfarne Gospels,' or ' Durham Book,' and written about the year 700 in honour of St. Cuthberht. " [2]

Aldred (d. 1069), was an early English divine, Archbishop of York who first appears as a monk of Winchester. [2]

Early History of the Allred family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allred research. Another 59 words (4 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.

Allred Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Allred family (pre 1700)

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 fortune. His son, Sir Revett Eldred, 1st Baronet of Saxham Magna Suffolk (d. c. 1653) held the title but became extinct on his death. Thomas Eldred (1561-1624)...
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Allred Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Allred migration to the United States +

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 immigrated to Girard, Alabama, in 1916
  • James Albert Allred, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States from Chorley, England, in 1919
  • Catherine Allred, aged 37, who landed in America from Chorley, England, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Allred (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook
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