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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.
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldroyd research. Another 320 words (23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oldroyd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Oldroyd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Oldroyd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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
Oldroyd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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.
The Oldroyd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oldroyd Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
This page was last modified on 13 October 2011 at 15:55.