Ellershaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Ellershaw is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in a region or small valley with alder trees. The surname Ellershaw may also indicate one who came from Aldersey, an ancient village or hamlet that once existed in England.
Early Origins of the Ellershaw family
The surname Ellershaw was first found in 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 Ellershaw family
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Ellershaw Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ellershaw family name include Aldersey, Eldersey, Aldersea, Eldersy and others.
Early Notables of the Ellershaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ellershaw family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ellershaw surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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.