The Alvard family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a personal name
Alfred. which literally means elf counsel.
Early Origins of the Alvard family
The surname Alvard was first found in Kent
and originated there, and is one of the oldest Saxon names. The family name, originally Alured is shown in the Domesday Book
compiled in 1086, as a holder of lands in Kent
even after the Norman invasion
of 1066 by Duke William.
Early History of the Alvard family
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Alvard Spelling Variations
Alvard has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Alvard have been found, including Alfred, Allfred, Alured, Aelfred, Alverd and others.
Early Notables of the Alvard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alvard family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Alvards to arrive on North American shores: Robert Alfred who settled in Virginia at the age of 22 in 1774. George Alfred arrived in Philadelphia in 1870.