Show ContentsOldaker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Oldaker came to England with the ancestors of the Oldaker family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Oldaker family lived in Oldfield, Cheshire. This is a topographical name whose derivation is just as it looks. The original bearer of the name Oldfield would have been distinguished by residence near to an old field. Individual cases of the name may also spring from residence in a place which bears the name Oldfield for the same reasons as above. [1]

Early Origins of the Oldaker family

The surname Oldaker was first found in Cheshire where "Guy de Provence, who came to this country [England] in the suite of Eleanor, on her marriage to King Henry III in 1236, married Alice, sister of Sir Patrick de Hartwell, and with her obtained the manor and lands of Oldfield, co. Chester. Their grandson, Richard, was the first who assumed the name De Oldfield." [2] Today, the hamlet of Oldfield is part of Gayton, a village in Wirral, Merseyside.

Early rolls give us a glimpse at the many spellings in use over the years: Helyas de Aldeacris was listed as holding lands in Yorkshire in 1231; Agnes de Aldefeld was listed in Suffolk in 1221; Robert de la Aldfeld in Cambridgeshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279; and Adam del Oldfeld in the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire in 1297. [3]

Early History of the Oldaker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldaker research. Another 218 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1236, 1552, 1581, 1585, 1595, 1614, 1623, 1624, 1627, 1644, 1645, 1649, 1651, 1656, 1664, 1682, 1683, 1687, 1692, 1699, 1729, 1730, 1767, 1796 and 1929 are included under the topic Early Oldaker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Oldaker Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Oldfield, Oldefield, Oldfeild and others.

Early Notables of the Oldaker family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Robert de Oldefelde of Oldfield; The Blessed Thomas Aufield (sometimes spelt Alfield) (1552-1585), an English Roman Catholic martyr, born in Gloucestershire, imprisoned and tortured in the Tower of London, beatified in 1929; Sir Samuel Owfield (1595-1644), an English politician...
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Oldaker Ranking

In the United States, the name Oldaker is the 10,720th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Australia Oldaker migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Oldaker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Oldaker, (b. 1796), aged 30, English cooper who was convicted in London (Buckingham House Barracks), England for 14 years for desertion from the army, transported aboard the "England"on 28th April 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1832 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Oldaker (post 1700) +

  • James "Jamie" Oldaker (1951-2020), American rock music, blues rock and country music drummer and percussionist, known for his work with Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, The Tractors, Frehley's Comet
  • Clifford H. Oldaker, American politician, Mayor of Floral Park, New York, 1927-29 [6]

The Oldaker 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: In cruce vincam
Motto Translation: I shall conquer in the cross.

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th April 2022).
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook