Oldaker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
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."  Today, the hamlet of Oldfield is part of Gayton, a village in Wirral, Merseyside.
Important Dates for the Oldaker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldaker research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1236, 1552, 1585, 1929, 1595, 1644, 1624, 1644, 1623, 1664, 1645, 1683 and 1730 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 (pre 1700)
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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Migration of the Oldaker family
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Oldaker or a variant listed above: John Oldfield arrived in Maryland in 1684; Eleanor Oldfield settled in Maryland in 1730; Rhodes Oldfield settled in Philadelphia in 1871.
Contemporary Notables of the name Oldaker (post 1700)
- James "Jamie" Oldaker (b. 1951), 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 
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