Alterson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the Alterson family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name Alder. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures. The name Alder meant wise warrior.

Early Origins of the Alterson family

The surname Alterson was first found in London and Middlesex, where the name meant 'son of the old wise warrior'. By the 16th century they had migrated north to Scotland to Haddington in East Lothian where they called themselves Alderston.

Important Dates for the Alterson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alterson research. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1544 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Alterson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alterson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Alterson have been found, including Alders, Alderson, Alderston, Alderstone, Aldirstone and many more.

Early Notables of the Alterson family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Alterson family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Alterson, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Thomas Alderson who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1679; John Alderson, aged 40, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1820; Thomas Alderson, who settled in that same city in 1842.

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