Awlume History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Awlume family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in Hallam, a place name found in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. In Yorkshire, Hallam is found in the South Riding. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old Scandinavian word hallr, or from the Old English word hall, both of which meant "stony." The place name meant "the stony place, the place at the rocks." In Derbyshire there is a place called West Hallam and another called Kirk Hallam. These names are derived from the Old English word halh, which meant "remote nook of land." Kirk in the Old English meat "church;" the name as a whole would be "church in a remote place," while West Hallam was a "remote place in the west."

Early Origins of the Awlume family

The surname Awlume was first found in Yorkshire at Hallam or perhaps at Halling, a village on the North Downs in the northern part of Kent that dates back to the 8th century when it was first listed as Hallingas. [1] By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the place name was known as Hallinges, [2] and literally meant "settlement of the family of a man called Heall, " from the Old English personal name + "ingas." [1]

Early History of the Awlume family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Awlume research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1417, 1403 and 1405 are included under the topic Early Awlume History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Awlume Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Awlume include Hallam, Halam, Hallum and others.

Early Notables of the Awlume family (pre 1700)

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Awlume Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Awlume family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Awlume or a variant listed above: James Hallam who settled in Maryland in 1741; William Hallam settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; Thomas and William Hallam settled in Newcastle co. Del. in 1855.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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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