Last name: Allred
This interesting and long-established surname, recorded from an early date in the south eastern English counties of Kent and Sussex, has two distinct possible sources, each with its own history and derivation. Firstly, Allred may derive from the Middle English personal name "Alred", which represents a coalescence of two Olde English pre 7th Century male given names: "Ealdraed", composed of the elements "eald", old, and "raed", counsel, and "Aethelraed", from "aethel", noble, and "raed" (as above). "Alret" (without surname) appears in the Domesday book of 1086 for Kent, and an Alredus de Wicham was recorded in the 1206 Curia Regis Rolls of that county. The surname was first recorded prior to the end of the 12th Century (see below), and further early examples include: Walter Ailred and Martin Alred (Huntingdonshire, 1279). The second possibility is that Allred is a variant of Aldritt, a topographical name from residence by an alder grove, chiefly found in Sussex, and deriving from the Middle English "aldrett" (Olde English "alor", alder (grove)). Robert atte Aldratte was noted in the 1332 Subsidy Rolls of Sussex. In the modern idiom the name is variously spelt: Alred, Allred, Aldred, Audritt, Eldred, Eldrett and Eldritt. Henry Allred and Margett Oswell were married at St. Mary le Bow, London, on May 13th 1544. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Alred, which was dated 1198, in the "Pipe Rolls of Kent", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "Richard the Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. 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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Seems like all Allred in United States have originated from Arkansas, North Carolina or Tennessee, all my family is from Tennessee(Cleveland) Jrodallred27@gmail.com
I always wondered where my last name came from
There are 2 different Allred families one originated from England the other from Prussia my grandfather spent years doing research. Our family came from Prussia
I am looking for Hansford Duncan Allred born in Georgia in about 1820 and raised his family in Alabama. He married Mariah Clements. His mother was Rebecca no father found. I am hoping that someone knows who Hansford's father is.
I am an Allred, but what's interesting is the original spelling of my maiden name is ALRED. Apparently, the Navy misspelled it (added an "L") when my grandfather joined during WWII. Now approaching 40 myself, it's important I truly learn my heritage. I would love to have my coat of arms but how do I pick the best place for research?
My father was born in Utah this is very interesting.
Mark Allred Jr.
Myself and a small handful of Allred's live in Massachusetts. I know my fathers side of the family came from Utah and was always told that we were of Scottish decent. Very interesting reading because we have such a very unique last name.
Allreds in or near smiths al.. thaought it was a very unique name but there are allreds all over, i wonder how close we are to being related by surname
Rach, I assumed Allred was Cherokee Indian also from what my mother told me, but the more and more I read, I'm reading that the name comes from England. It's nice to see you other Allred's on here, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, My family comes from Tennessee and Georgia in the Atlanta area,
My family is also from the Atlanta area. I was born in Dekalb County :)
I always thought Allred was a Cherokee American Indian name!?
Heidi Allred Nuttall
Where did the story about being descendents of Eric the Red come from? I actually heard this when I was a child.
wow, i never knew this stuff. i want more info...