Ildersham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Ildersham family
The surname Ildersham was first found in Cambridgeshire at Hildersham, a small village 8 miles to the south-east of Cambridge. Historically a parish, in the union of Linton, hundred of Chilford, this place formerly belonged to the De Veres, earls of Oxford, who were lords of the manor. A Roman road leading from the station near Cambridge to Colchester bounds the parish and can still be clearly seen today.  The Domesday Book of 1086 lists the locale as Hildricesham  and the place name literally meant "homestead of a man called Hildric," from the Old English personal name + "ham." 
Important Dates for the Ildersham family
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Ildersham Spelling Variations
Ildersham has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Hildersham, Hildershaw, Hilderham, Hildershaw, Hillersham, Hillershaw, Hildersam, Hildersem and many more.
Early Notables of the Ildersham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ildersham family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ildershams to arrive on North American shores: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)