Oldroyld History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Oldroyld is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived as inhabitants inside a clearing in a wooded region. [1]

Early Origins of the Oldroyld family

The surname Oldroyld 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. [1]

Early History of the Oldroyld family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldroyld research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1709, 1735, 1821, 1708, 1778, 1735, 1760, 1763, 1766, 1768, 1769, 1735, 1821, 1781 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Oldroyld History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Oldroyld 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 Oldroyld 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Oldroyld include: Holroyd, Hollroyd, Ollroyd, Olroyd, Oldroyd and others.

Early Notables of the Oldroyld family (pre 1700)

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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Ireland Migration of the Oldroyld family to Ireland

Some of the Oldroyld family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Oldroyld 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 Oldroyld or a variant listed above: 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 Oldroyld 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.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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