tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Alwred. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer worked as a personal name
Alfred. which literally means elf counsel.
Early Origins of the Alwred family
The surname Alwred 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 Alwred family
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Alwred Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Alwred include Alfred, Allfred, Alured, Aelfred, Alverd and others.
Early Notables of the Alwred family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alwred family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Alwred or a variant listed above: Robert Alfred who settled in Virginia at the age of 22 in 1774. George Alfred arrived in Philadelphia in 1870.