Ellham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Ellham is one of the most ancient names to come from the Norman culture that arrived in Britain soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a person who was a person or family of German heritage. Further research showed the name was derived from the Anglo-Norman-French word aleman, which means German. 
Early Origins of the Ellham family
The surname Ellham was first found in Allemagne,  now known as Fleury-sur-Orne, near Caen in Normandy. There is no clear record of the family arriving in Britain but their voyage is of no doubt.
Some of the first records of the name include listings in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Terric le Alemaund in Buckinghamshire; Henry de Alemania in Nottinghamshire; Bertram de Almannia in Lincolnshire and Robert Almene in Cambridgeshire.  John le Alemaund was listed in London in 1284. 
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Willelmus Alman. 
Early History of the Ellham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellham research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1304, 1440, 1407, 1605, 1613, 1602, 1665, 1624, 1627, 1687, 1885, 1000, 1634, 1635, 1635, 1672, 1673, 1672, 1686 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Ellham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ellham Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Ellham are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ellham include Almayne, Alman, Allman, Almand, Hallman, Allmaine, Almon, Almand, Altman, Allman, Ellman, Dalman and many more.
Early Notables of the Ellham family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Elmham (d. 1440?), English historian, Benedictine monk of St. Augustine's, Canterbury, probably a native of North Elmham in Norfolk. He was treasurer of his society in 1407, in which year he was arrested at the suit of one Henry Somerset for excessive seal in the discharge of his duties. His action seems, however, to have been subsequently affirmed. 
Dallam (spelt also Dalham, Dallum, and Dallans), the name of a family of English organ-builders in the 17th century. The eldest was employed in 1605-6 to build an organ for King's College, Cambridge, for...
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Migration of the Ellham family to Ireland
Some of the Ellham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ellham family
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Ellham, or a variant listed above: John Allman who settled in Philadelphia in 1764; Simon Alman in 1709; Stephen Almand in 1749; H. Almand in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1820.
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