Origins Available: English
The Altom name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in an enclosed place.
The surname Altom literally means dweller at the old enclosure or dwelling.
Early Origins of the Altom family
The surname Altom was first found in Essex
at Aldham. In all cases, the place name meant "the old homestead," or "homestead of a man called Ealda," from the Old English personal name
+ "ham." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
and Aldham, Suffolk
were both listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 and both were listed under the same spelling, Aldeham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Another branch of the family was found at Elford in Staffordshire
. "Before the Conquest the manor [of Elford] belonged to Earl Algar, and in the reign of Henry III. was held by William de Alderne, whose descendants continued to enjoy it until the marriage of the heiress of Sir John Alderney with the Stanleys, when the property passed to that family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Altom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Altom research.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1660 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Altom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Altom 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 Altom has undergone many spelling variations
, including Aldham, Aldam, Aldem, Aldum, Aldeham, Aldom, Eldham, Eldam and many more.
Early Notables of the Altom family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Aldham of Shrimpling, Norfolk; and Thomas Aldham or Aldam (c.
1616-1660) was an English Quaker who was imprisoned in York in 1652 for speaking in a "steeple-house" (church), and fined 40 shillings... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Altom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Altom family to the New World and Oceana
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 Altom were among those contributors: Daniel Aldam aged 27 who settled in Maryland in 1775.