Oldartan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Oldartan surname lived in a region or farm with alder trees. Accounts suggest that the surname Oldartan may also mean the farm of the great and wise warrior.

Early Origins of the Oldartan family

The surname Oldartan was first found in Northampton, Wiltshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, and is of great antiquity. The name means 'the farm of the great and wise warrior'.

Early History of the Oldartan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldartan research. Another 24 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 159 and 1592 are included under the topic Early Oldartan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Oldartan Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Oldartan are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Oldartan include: Alderton, Elderton, Eldarton, Aldarten, Eldertin and others.

Early Notables of the Oldartan family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Oldartan family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Oldartan or a variant listed above: John Alderton who came at the time of the "Mayflower" in 1620; and settled in Plymouth, and later in Massachusetts, at the age of 21. Another John Alderton settled in Virginia in 1663.



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