Elderkin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Elderkin is a name that comes from the noble Boernician clans of the Scottish-English border region. It is a name for a person who was the elder of two people, [1] bearing the same name or the name could have been derived from the Old English "ealdra," meaning "elder." Alternatively, the name could have a nickname for someone who was a "dweller at, or near, an elder tree." [2]

Early Origins of the Elderkin family

The surname Elderkin was first found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area. One of the first records of the family was John Eldar or Eldare de Corstorfin who was burgess of Edinburgh in 1423 and "the surname is also recorded in Aberdeen in 1447. John Elder, a renegade Scot, urged Henry VIII ('Bagcheeks') to invade Scotland, assuring him of the support of the Highland Clans. Andro Elder, was a reidare at Menmure in 1574." [3]

Further to the south, "this surname is derived from a nickname 'the elder.' The usual form in the Yorkshire Poll Tax is Senior, and this has become one of the strongly established surnames of that county." However, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 does list Ricardus ye Elder. [4]

Important Dates for the Elderkin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elderkin research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 189 and are included under the topic Early Elderkin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Elderkin Spelling Variations

Boernician names that evolved in the largely preliterate Middle Ages are often marked by considerable spelling variations. Elderkin has been spelled Elder, Elders, Eldar, MacNoravaich and others.

Early Notables of the Elderkin family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Elderkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Elderkin family to Ireland

Some of the Elderkin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Elderkin migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Elderkin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Matilda Elderkin, aged 18, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • M. Elderkin, aged 35, a matron, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Elderkin (post 1700)

  • Noble Strong Elderkin (1810-1875), American politician
  • Mark Elderkin (b. 1963), American entrepreneur
  • Noble S. Elderkin, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from St. Lawrence County 3rd District, 1849-51 [5]
  • Paul Elderkin (b. 1987), English professional basketball player
  • Thomas Elderkin (1909-1961), English cricketer
  • Angus Alexander Elderkin (b. 1896), Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Nabil Elderkin, Australian professional photographer and music video and film director

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Citations

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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