Anglo-Saxon name Oltersey comes from the family having resided in a region or small valley with alder trees. The surname Oltersey may also indicate one who came from Aldersey, an ancient village or hamlet that once existed in England.
Early Origins of the Oltersey family
Cheshire, at Aldersey, a civil parish, now in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester. They are a family of great antiquity in that county, and held estates at Aldersey and Spurstow from about the 11th century. They also held estates at Bunbury and Peel Hall in the parish of Tarvin.
Early History of the Oltersey family
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Oltersey Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Aldersey, Eldersey, Aldersea, Eldersy and others.
Early Notables of the Oltersey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oltersey family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Olterseys to arrive on North American shores: Grace Aldersey, who settled in Virginia in 1646; Stephen Aldersea who arrived in Maryland in 1724; and John Aldersey, who settled in Boston in 1820.
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