Olterton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Olterton comes from when the family resided in a region or farm with alder trees. Accounts suggest that the surname Olterton may also mean the farm of the great and wise warrior.

Early Origins of the Olterton family

The surname Olterton 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 Olterton family

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Olterton Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Olterton has been recorded under many different variations, including Alderton, Elderton, Eldarton, Aldarten, Eldertin and others.

Early Notables of the Olterton family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Olterton family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Olterton or a variant listed above: 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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