Alom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The present generation of the Alom family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Hallamshire, an ancient part of Yorkshire encompassing the modern cities of Ecclesfield and Sheffield. Allam is an abbreviated form of Hallam.
Early Origins of the Alom family
The surname Alom was first found in Yorkshire, and the name is an abbreviated form of Hallam. Hallamshire was an ancient part of Yorkshire encompassing the present cities Ecclesfield and Sheffield. This county is the home of the ancient Allams, or Hallams, and they have held a family seat there from times of great antiquity.
Early History of the Alom family
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Alom Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Alom include Allam, Allem, Allum, Hallam, Hallum, Allom and others.
Early Notables of the Alom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alom family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Alom were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: James Allam, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1701 and moved westward. Michael Allam landed in Maryland in 1733 and also moved westward. Mary Allam, aged 20, landed in Boston in 1720. William Hallam arrived in Barbados with his servants in 1680.