The Norman Conquest
of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Awdas name is derived from the Old English given name Aldus.
Ald, the first part of the name, means old.
Early Origins of the Awdas family
The surname Awdas was first found in the counties of Norfolk
in the south east of England
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. Soon after, Rudolphus Aldous was recorded in Yorkshire
in 1168 as holding considerable estates and lands, and Robert Aldous was recorded in Norfolk
Early History of the Awdas family
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Awdas Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Aldis, Aldous, Aldhouse, Aldus, Aldiss, Oldis and many more.
Early Notables of the Awdas family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Awdas family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Awdas or a variant listed above were: Nathan Aldis who settled in Massachusetts, 1640; he was made freeman 1640 and was a Deacon of the town. He died March 15; 1670; had at least two sons from which many of the North American family name descended..