The name Olderness belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived in the Holderness district in the East Riding of Yorkshire
. It is now found in the county of Humberside. The place-name is derived from the Old Scandinavian words holdr,
a landholding held by a member of the yeomanry, and nes,
a promontory or headland.
Early Origins of the Olderness family
The surname Olderness was first found in East Riding of Yorkshire
at Skipsea. "The manor is one of those which have continued members of the seigniory of Holderness to the present day. In the 12th of Edward III., the king granted a market to the place, to be held on Thursday in every week, and two fairs to be held annually, one on All Saints' day, and the other on the day of the translation of St. Thomas the Martyr." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Olderness family
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Olderness Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Olderness include Holderness, Holdernesse, Houlderness and others.
Early Notables of the Olderness family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Olderness family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Olderness were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Henry Holdernesse arrived in Philadelphia in 1807; Edward and William Holderness settled in Philadelphia in 1820.