Anglo-Saxon name Elershaw comes from when the family resided in a region or small valley with alder trees. The surname Elershaw may also indicate one who came from Aldersey, an ancient village or hamlet that once existed in England.
Early Origins of the Elershaw 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 Elershaw family
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Elershaw Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Elershaw has been recorded under many different variations, including Aldersey, Eldersey, Aldersea, Eldersy and others.
Early Notables of the Elershaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elershaw family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Elershaw or a variant listed above: 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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