Oldrode History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The lineage of the name Oldrode begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived as inhabitants inside a clearing in a wooded region. 
Early Origins of the Oldrode family
The surname Oldrode was first found in Sussex where Thomas and Andrew Holerode were listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1296. Later, Gilbert de Holrode was listed in the same rolls, but for Suffolk in 1327. 
Early History of the Oldrode family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldrode research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1708, 1709, 1735, 1760, 1763, 1766, 1768, 1769, 1778, 1781, 1783 and 1821 are included under the topic Early Oldrode History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oldrode Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Oldrode has undergone many spelling variations, including Holroyd, Hollroyd, Ollroyd, Olroyd, Oldroyd and others.
Early Notables of the Oldrode family
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Baker Holroyd first Earl of Sheffield (1735-1821), English statesman, second son of Isaac Holroyd (1708-1778), the representative of an old West Riding family which had migrated to Ireland in the reign of Charles II and acquired large estates there. " He was born in 1735, entered the army in 1760; and became captain in...
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Migration of the Oldrode family to Ireland
Some of the Oldrode family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Oldrode family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Oldrode were among those contributors: Joseph Holroyd who settled in Alexandria Virginia in 1819; Sarah Holroyd and Husband and child settled in Philadelphia in 1820; Benton Holrode settled in Pennsylvania in 1872.
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: Quem te Deus esse jussit
Motto Translation: What God commands you to be.
- Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)