Audlem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Audlem family
The surname Audlem was first found in Cheshire at Audlem, a parish, in the union and hundred of Nantwich. Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the original tenant of Audlem, Hugh Traylebrw, who was granted the lordship of Audlem in 1066. His family were from Trelly in the canton of Montmartin-sur-Mer in Normandy. Either Hugh and his lands were 'wasted' along with many other Lordships in Cheshire by Duke William in 1069 or he may have merely been attainted. Twenty years later the tenant of the lands of Audlem or Aldelyme was Richard de Vernon who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Richard was a powerful Earl, Audlem was not his chief holding, and it is most likely Hugh was then his under-tenant. "The Tralebews, ancestors of the family of Aldelym or Audlem, are said to have possessed the manor from the Conquest; it subsequently passed by marriage and purchase, in moieties or parts, to various owners." 
Important Dates for the Audlem family
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Audlem Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Audlem, Audlam, Aldelym, Aldelyme, Aldlem, Aldim, Audland and many more.
Early Notables of the Audlem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Audlem family
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Audlem name or one of its variants: Emma Adlem, aged 70, who arrived at Ellis Island from Red Banks, NJ, in 1924; and Emmag. Adlem, aged 62, who arrived at Ellis Island from Red Bank, New Jersey, in 1923..
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.