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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."  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
Eldred Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Eldred Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Eldred Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Eldred Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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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