Eltheham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Eltheham family
The surname Eltheham was first found in Lancashire where one of the first record of the name was found in 1246 when Adam de Eluetham held estates in what is now known as Altham in Whalley in that shire. Eltham in Kent was an ancient family seat. "This place, in Domesday Book called Alteham, is supposed to have derived its name from the Saxon, Eald, old, and Ham, a dwelling. It formed part of the royal demesnes in the reign of Edward the Elder, by whom it was given to Odo, Archbishop of Canterbury; and at a very early period became a favourite retreat of the English kings." 
A few years later, John of Eltham, 1st Earl of Cornwall (1316-1336) born at Eltham Palace, Kent, was the second son of king Edward II of England and his queen Isabella of France, heir to the English throne. "Edward II. resided here for some time, and at this place also his son was born, from this circumstance called John of Eltham, and the palace, erroneously, King John's Palace."  He was buried with full honors at Westminster Abbey in January 1337.
Early History of the Eltheham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eltheham research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1498, 1530, 1617, 1557, 1570, 1607, 1661, 1612 and 1786 are included under the topic Early Eltheham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eltheham Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Eltheham has been spelled many different ways, including Altham, Aletham, Althem, Althum, Allthem, Alltham, Eltham and many more.
Early Notables of the Eltheham family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Agnes of Eltham (1498-1530), an English noblewoman who was an orphan and ward of Dartford Priory in Dartford, Kent who married Adam Langstroth, the head of a landed family in Yorkshire with 'a considerable dowry'.
Sir James Altham (d. 1617), was an English judge, descended from Christopher Altham of Girlington, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the third son of...
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Migration of the Eltheham family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Elthehams to arrive in North America: Emanuel Altham, who settled in Maine in 1624; Emmanuel Altham, who settled in America in 1638; Heinrich Altham, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748; John Altham, who settled in Maryland in 1633.
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The Eltheham 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: Pro Deo at Catholica fide
Motto Translation: For God and the Catholic faith.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.