Geldard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Geldard family
The surname Geldard was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1284 when William Geldehyrde held estates.
Early History of the Geldard family
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Geldard Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gildart, Geldart, Gildhart, Geldhart, Gildarte, Geldharte and many more.
Early Notables of the Geldard family (pre 1700)
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| Geldard migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Geldard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Charlotte Geldard, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 
| Geldard migration to New Zealand ||+|
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Geldard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. James Geldard, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 
- Mrs. Jane Geldard née Russell, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Geldard (post 1700) ||+|
- Terry Geldard, English founder of Geldards Coaches, a privately owned company bus company operating around Leeds, West Yorkshire in 1991
- Albert Geldard (1914-1989), English professional footballer
- Robert Alan Geldard (b. 1927), British bronze medalist cyclist at the 1948 Summer Olympics