Last name: Aldie

One of the unusual features of this Scottish name is that the patronymic 'son of Aldie' (Aldiesone) is recorded more often than its root, although both are quite rare. The name is locational and derives from the lands of Aldie or Aldes in Strathearn, the translation of the name is probably 'the home of the old man', a semi colloquial expression based on the Gaelic, Olde English of the region. The name recordings include George Aldie a witness at Lonmay Episcopal church, Aberdeen on September 19th 1756, whilst, James Aldies was a witness at Paisley Abbey on April 10th 1814, and Jonet Aldiesone was christened at Edinburgh Parish church on October 16th, 1614. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thoams Aldie, which was dated 1676, recorded at Drumbuy, Invernesshire, during the reign of King Charles II, The Merry Monarch, 1660 - 1685. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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