Awdlem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Awdlem family
The surname Awdlem 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 Awdlem family
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Awdlem Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Awdlem are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Awdlem include Audlem, Audlam, Aldelym, Aldelyme, Aldlem, Aldim, Audland and many more.
Early Notables of the Awdlem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Awdlem family
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Awdlem, or a variant listed above: 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.