Alterton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Alterton name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in a region or farm with alder trees. Accounts suggest that the surname Alterton may also mean the farm of the great and wise warrior.
Early Origins of the Alterton family
The surname Alterton was first found in Northampton, Wiltshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, and is of great antiquity. The name means 'the farm of the great and wise warrior'.
Early History of the Alterton family
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Alterton Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Alterton has undergone many spelling variations, including Alderton, Elderton, Eldarton, Aldarten, Eldertin and others.
Early Notables of the Alterton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alterton family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Alterton were among those contributors: John Alderton who came at the time of the "Mayflower" in 1620; and settled in Plymouth, and later in Massachusetts, at the age of 21. Another John Alderton settled in Virginia in 1663.
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