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Where did the English Eldred family come from? What is the English Eldred family crest and coat of arms? When did the Eldred family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eldred family history?

The ancient history of the name Eldred dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a person noted for giving good counsel.


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 Eldred include Aldred, Aldreth, Aldret and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire, at Aldreth, a hamlet that dates back to 1170 when it was listed as Alrehetha in the Pipe Rolls. The name literally means "landing-place by the alders" from the Old English words for "alor" and "hyth." [1] However the surname dates back further and is recorded in the Domesday Book as Aldreth and Ealdred as holding lands under the Norman King William soon after the Conquest in 1086. In fact, Aldred was a famous ecclesiastic, who was Bishop of York from 1044-1060, and Archbishop of York from 1060-1069, and it was he who crowned the Conqueror.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eldred research. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1198, 1552, 1632, 1653, 1561, 1624, 1586, 1588, 1563, 1646 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Eldred History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 293 words(21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eldred Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Eldred or a variant listed above:

Eldred Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Eldred settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Nathaniel Eldred with his wife and servants settled in Barbados in 1680

Eldred Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Chas. Eldred, aged 44, who settled in America, in 1895

Eldred Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfred Eldred, aged 37, who landed in America from England, in 1902
  • Albert Eldred, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Croydon, in 1905
  • Arthur Eldred, aged 24, who settled in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Byron E. Eldred, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Blanche Eldred, aged 30, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910

Eldred Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Peter Eldred U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Port Matoon Association

Eldred Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Eldred, English convict from Stafford, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia


  • Calvin "Cal" John Eldred (b. 1967), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Bradley "Brad" Ross Eldred (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Arthur Rose Eldred (1895-1951), American agricultural and railroad industry executive, first Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America
  • Dale Eldred (1933-1993), American sculptor
  • Andrew J. Eldred, American master of the sealing vessel Thomas Hunt who searched for Charles Shearer, eponym of the Eldred Glacier, South Shetland Islands
  • Pamela Anne Eldred (b. 1948), American model, Miss Michigan 1969 and Miss America 1970
  • Edward "Ted" Francis Eldred (1920-2005), Australian pioneer of scuba diving and scuba equipment, inventor the world's first single-hose open-circuit scuba set which he called the Porpoise scuba gear


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

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Eldred Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eldred Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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