Alterslay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Alterslay surname lived in a region or small valley with alder trees. The surname Alterslay may also indicate one who came from Aldersey, an ancient village or hamlet that once existed in England.
Early Origins of the Alterslay family
The surname Alterslay was first found in Cheshire, at Aldersey, a civil parish, now in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester. They are a family of great antiquity in that county, and held estates at Aldersey and Spurstow from about the 11th century. They also held estates at Bunbury and Peel Hall in the parish of Tarvin.
Important Dates for the Alterslay family
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Alterslay 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 Alterslay 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. The variations of the name Alterslay include: Aldersey, Eldersey, Aldersea, Eldersy and others.
Early Notables of the Alterslay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alterslay family
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 Alterslay or a variant listed above: Grace Aldersey, who settled in Virginia in 1646; Stephen Aldersea who arrived in Maryland in 1724; and John Aldersey, who settled in Boston in 1820.