Altroyd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Altroyd belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived as inhabitants inside a clearing in a wooded region. 
Early Origins of the Altroyd family
The surname Altroyd was first found in Sussex where Thomas and Andrew Holerode were listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1296. Later, Gilbert de Holrode was listed in the same rolls, but for Suffolk in 1327. 
Early History of the Altroyd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Altroyd research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1709, 1735, 1821, 1708, 1778, 1735, 1760, 1763, 1766, 1768, 1769, 1735, 1821, 1781 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Altroyd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Altroyd 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 Altroyd include Holroyd, Hollroyd, Ollroyd, Olroyd, Oldroyd and others.
Early Notables of the Altroyd family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Baker Holroyd first Earl of Sheffield (1735-1821), English statesman, second son of Isaac Holroyd (1708-1778), the representative of an old West Riding family which had migrated to Ireland in the reign of Charles II and acquired large estates there. " He was born in 1735, entered the army in 1760; and became captain in...
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Migration of the Altroyd family to Ireland
Some of the Altroyd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Altroyd 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 Altroyd were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Joseph Holroyd who settled in Alexandria Virginia in 1819; Sarah Holroyd and Husband and child settled in Philadelphia in 1820; Benton Holrode settled in Pennsylvania in 1872.
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The Altroyd Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Quem te Deus esse jussit
Motto Translation: What God commands you to be.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)