The Oldroyd name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived as inhabitants inside a clearing in a wooded region.
Early Origins of the Oldroyd family
The surname Oldroyd was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Oldroyd family
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Oldroyd 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 Oldroyd has undergone many spelling variations
, including Holroyd, Hollroyd, Ollroyd, Olroyd, Oldroyd and others.
Early Notables of the Oldroyd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oldroyd family to Ireland
Some of the Oldroyd family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Oldroyd family to the New World and Oceana
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 Oldroyd were among those contributors:
Oldroyd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Oldroyd, who arrived in Maryland in 1818 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Joshua Oldroyd, who settled in New York State in 1855
- Charles, Henry Thompson, and James Oldroyd, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1834 and 1880
Oldroyd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Oldroyd, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ascendant.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Oldroyd (post 1700)
- Eleanor Oldroyd (b. 1962), English sports broadcaster with BBC Radio
- George Oldroyd (1887-1956), English organist and composer of Anglican church music
- James Gardner Oldroyd (1921-1982), British mathematician and noted rheologist
- Edgar Oldroyd (1888-1964), British cricketer
- Sir Mark Oldroyd (1843-1927), British woollen manufacturer and Liberal Party politician
- Harold Oldroyd (1914-1978), British entomologist
The Oldroyd 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: Quem te Deus esse jussit
Motto Translation: What God commands you to be.