The ancestors of the bearers of the Ellerton family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Ellerton, in Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Ellerton family
The surname Ellerton was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ellerton family
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Ellerton Spelling Variations
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 Ellerton include Ellerton, Elerton and others.
Early Notables of the Ellerton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ellerton family to the New World and Oceana
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 Ellerton or a variant listed above:
Ellerton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Ellerton, aged 18, who landed in Barbados in 1634 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- James Ellerton, who settled in Barbados in 1654
Contemporary Notables of the name Ellerton (post 1700)
- John Lodge Ellerton (1801-1873), English composer of classical music
- Rev. John Ellerton (1826-1893), English hymn writer and hymnologist
- Air Commodore Alban Spencer Ellerton OBE CBE (1894-1978), Wing Commander, Air ADC to The King in 1946
- Admiral Walter Maurice Ellerton CB (1870-1948), British Royal Navy officer, Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
- Sir Jack Ellerton Becker (1904-1979), Australian entrepreneur, founder of the Adelaide College of Music
The Ellerton Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Spero infestis, metuo secundis
Motto Translation: I hope in adversity, I fear in prosperity.