Oldten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Oldten is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in a region or farm with alder trees. Accounts suggest that the surname Oldten may also mean the farm of the great and wise warrior.

Early Origins of the Oldten family

The surname Oldten was first found in Northampton, Wiltshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, and is of great antiquity. The name means 'the farm of the great and wise warrior'.

Early History of the Oldten family

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Oldten Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Oldten family name include Alderton, Elderton, Eldarton, Aldarten, Eldertin and others.

Early Notables of the Oldten family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Oldten family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Oldten surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Alderton who came at the time of the "Mayflower" in 1620; and settled in Plymouth, and later in Massachusetts, at the age of 21. Another John Alderton settled in Virginia in 1663.



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