Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in a region or small valley with alder trees. The surname Eldesea may also indicate one who came from Aldersey, an ancient village or hamlet that once existed in England.
Early Origins of the Eldesea family
Cheshire, at Aldersey, a civil parish, now in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester. They are a family of great antiquity in that county, and held estates at Aldersey and Spurstow from about the 11th century. They also held estates at Bunbury and Peel Hall in the parish of Tarvin.
Early History of the Eldesea family
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Eldesea Spelling Variations
spelling variations, including Aldersey, Eldersey, Aldersea, Eldersy and others.
Early Notables of the Eldesea family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eldesea family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Eldesea were among those contributors: Grace Aldersey, who settled in Virginia in 1646; Stephen Aldersea who arrived in Maryland in 1724; and John Aldersey, who settled in Boston in 1820.
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