Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a personal name Alfred. which literally means elf counsel.
Early Origins of the Elfred family
Kent and originated there, and is one of the oldest Saxon names. The family name, originally Alured is shown in the Domesday Book compiled in 1086, as a holder of lands in Kent even after the Norman invasion of 1066 by Duke William.
Early History of the Elfred family
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Elfred Spelling Variations
spelling variations under which the name Elfred has appeared include Alfred, Allfred, Alured, Aelfred, Alverd and others.
Early Notables of the Elfred family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elfred family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Elfred arrived in North America very early: Robert Alfred who settled in Virginia at the age of 22 in 1774. George Alfred arrived in Philadelphia in 1870.
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