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Early Origins of the Awdrey family


The surname Awdrey was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Norton, held by William de Audrieu, a Norman Baron from Audrieu near Caen in Normandy who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Early History of the Awdrey family

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Early History of the Awdrey family


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Awdrey Spelling Variations

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Awdrey Spelling Variations


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Awdrey have been found, including Awdry, Audrey, Audrie, Awdrie, Awdree, Audree and many more.

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Early Notables of the Awdrey family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Awdrey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Awdrey family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Awdrey family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Awdrey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Awdrey, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenlora" in 1873
  • Mary Awdrey, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenlora" in 1873

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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