Alderson Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Alderson Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Alderson blazon are the saracen’s head, sun, chevron engrailed and cinquefoil. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and azure.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 1Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

Azure is the heraldic colour blue, usually quite a deep, dark shade of the colour (there is a lighter blue that sometimes occurs, known as celestial azure). If colour printing is not available then it can be represented by closely spaced horizontal lines in a scheme known as “hatching” 3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. The word is thought to originate from the Arabic lazura and it represents the colour of the eastern sky. It is also said to be the colour associated by the Catholic Church with the Virgin Mary and hence of particular significance 4The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150.

Heraldry is a human art, by and for people and it is not surprising that people themselves are frequently depicted in arms 5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P174. As well as the nobility themselves, we also see both the mundane, ploughmen, fishermen and reapers; and the exotic in the form of club wielding savagesand the Moorish or Saracen gentleman with his decorative wreathed turban 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P168.

The sun was long used as a potent symbol before the advent of heraldry and brought some of that existing meaning with it. In conventional heraldry it is normally borne in its splendour, that is with a face and a large number of alternating straight and wavy rays. 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sun It can also be seen issuing from behind clouds, and in some cases a demi or half sun coming from the base, reflecting either the dawn, or perhaps as it appears in the arms of WESTWORTH, with the sunset. 8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P296

The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries, being in the form of an inverted ‘v’ shape 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Chevron. It is a popular feature, visually very striking and hence developed to have various decorative edges applied to distinguish otherwise identical coats of arms. The edge pattern engrailed is a series of scalloped indentations with the points facing outwards – and should not be confused with invected, which has the points facing inwards! Wade believes that both of these indented forms represent “earth or land”, and one perhaps can indeed see the furrowed earth embodied in them.

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Alderson Name

This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a patronymic form of either of two Olde English pre 7th Century given names, “Ealdhere”, combination of the components “eald”, old, with “here”, army, or “Aethelwaru”, a compound of “aethel”, noble, and “waru”, defence.  More common variations are: Aldersone, Aalderson, Allderson, Aldereson, Aldersonn, Aldersson, Aulderson, Aldrson, Elderson, Aldersen.

The surname Alderson first found in London and Middlesex, where the name meant ‘son of the old wise warrior’. The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Richard Aldersson, dated 1540. It was during the reign of Henry VIII, who was known as “Bluff King Hal”, dated 1509-1547.

Some of the people with the name Alderson who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Ann Alderson, who arrived in Virginia in 1650.  Thomas Alderson who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1679. People with the surname Alderson who landed in the United States in the 18th century included James Alderson, who landed in Virginia in 1705.  Simon Alderson, who arrived in North Carolina in 1705. The following century saw much more Alderson surnames arrive.  Some of the people with the surname Alderson who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Thomas Alderson, who landed in New York in 1803.  Some of the population with the surname Alderson who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century included Anthony Alderson, aged 50, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Berar” in 1875.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Christopher Alderson Alderson, of Homerton, Middlesex, Esq., who, by sign manual 1812, changed his patronymic Lloyd for the name of Alderson only). Ar. three saracens’ heads affronee couped at the shoulders ppr. wreathed about the temples of the first and sa. quartering az. three boars' heads couped in pale or, for Lloyd. Crests —A dove, holding in the beak an olive branch ppr., for Alderson; and a boar’s head couped or, for Lloyd.
2) Az. a chev. engr. erm. betw. three suns in splendour ppr. Crest—Behind a mount vert, thereon a branch of alder, the sun rising ppr.
3) Ar. three chev. az. on each a cinquefoil of the field. Crest—A pillar ppr.

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1. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
2. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
3. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
4. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150
5. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P174
6. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P168
7. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sun
8. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P296
9. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Chevron