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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.

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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.


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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.

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

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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

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  • Sherman D. Eldred, American politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1912; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1912
  • Nelson Eldred (1822-1903), American politician, Mayor of Battle Creek, Michigan, 1871
  • Kenneth Eldred, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1933
  • James Eldred, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Sullivan County, 1835
  • Herman S. Eldred, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Vermont, 1920
  • Elon A. Eldred, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1912
  • Foss O. Eldred (1884-1956), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 18th District, 1921-24; Mayor of Ionia, Michigan; Elected 1935; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1940
  • Caleb Eldred, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Kalamazoo County, 1837
  • Caleb Eldred, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County, 1818-19, 1820-21
  • Andrew J. Eldred, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1878

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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. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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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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