Early Origins of the Olewright family
The surname Olewright was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1250 when William Ailright held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Olewright family
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Olewright 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 Olewright 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. The variations of the name Olewright include: Allright, Allwright, Alwright, Alright, Elright, Oldright, Eldwright, Oldrite, Oldwright, Elwright and many more.
Early Notables of the Olewright family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Olewright family to the New World and Oceana
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 Olewright or a variant listed above: Margaret Allright, who arrived in New England
in 1667; John Allright, who arrived in Annapolis, MD in 1731; Joseph Allwright, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1757.