Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Auldums is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in an enclosed place.
The surname Auldums literally means dweller at the old enclosure or dwelling.
Early Origins of the Auldums family
The surname Auldums 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 Auldums family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Auldums research.Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1660 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Auldums History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Auldums Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Auldums has been spelled many different ways, including Aldham, Aldam, Aldem, Aldum, Aldeham, Aldom, Eldham, Eldam and many more.
Early Notables of the Auldums 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 Auldums Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Auldums family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Auldumss to arrive in North America: Daniel Aldam aged 27 who settled in Maryland in 1775.