This interesting surname originated as a title of office from the Olde English pre 7th Century "ealdormann", elder (man), a title initially given to a village headman, and later, in the Middle Ages to the governor of a guild. In Anglo-Saxon England an alderman was a person of high esteem; appointed by the King to administer justice in a shire, and to lead the local militia into battle. The personal form was used sometimes as in Ardermann de Bretford, Sussex 1273. Variations of the name are recorded as follows: Jukel Alderman, Sheriff of London, 1194 (Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London); Robert Le Alderman, Norfolk, 1273; and Benjamin Aldermannus, Sussex, 1273. Recordings from London Church Registers include the marriage of Agnes Alderman and Richard Barnes at St. Margaret's, Westminster, on November 28th 1580. An early namebearer to settle in the New World Colonies was Grace Alderman, aged 22 yrs., who embarked from London on the ship "Paule" bound for Virginia in July 1635. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Adam Le Alderman, which was dated 1175, in the "Pipe Rolls of Sussex", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. 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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  • alderman — ● alderman, aldermen ou aldermans nom masculin (mot anglais) Magistrat d un conseil municipal en Grande Bretagne, en Irlande et aux États Unis, ou d un conseil de comté dans le Royaume Uni. (Le terme vient d un vieux mot anglo saxon qui désignait …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Alderman — ist der historische Titel eines Beigeordneten auf den britischen Inseln der historische Leiter eines Shire im frühen England, siehe Ealdorman Alderman ist der von Ältermann abgeleitete Familienname folgender Personen: Fred Alderman (1905–1998),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • alderman — al·der·man / ȯl dər mən/ n: a member of a city legislative body Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. alderman …   Law dictionary

  • Alderman — Al der*man ([add]l d[ e]r*man), n.; pl. {Aldermen}. [AS. aldormon, ealdorman; ealdor an elder + man. See {Elder}, n.] 1. A senior or superior; a person of rank or dignity. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Note: The title was applied, among the Anglo Saxons …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alderman — (spr. Ahldermänn, vom angelsächsischen Ealdormen), 1) in England unter den Angelsachsen der Vorsitzende der Grafschaftsgerichte neben dem Bischof so wie in Kriegs u. Friedenszeiten der oberste Beamte der Grafschaft; er ward vom König gewählt,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Alderman — (spr. aoldermän; angelsächs. Aldorman, »Ältester«), im Angelsächsischen Vorsteher einer Genossenschaft, besonders aber Titel der Oberbeamten der Kreise oder Grafschaften (shires) und der Ältesten (senatores) des Reiches, die, anfangs von den… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Alderman — (engl., spr. áhldrmänn, d.i. Ältester), bei den Angelsachsen Oberbeamter einer Grafschaft, nach der dän. Eroberung Earl (Jarl) genannt; jetzt in England und Nordamerika Mitglied des Stadtrats …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • alderman — ALDERMAN. s. masc. Nom qu on donne en Angleterre à certains Officiers municipaux …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • alderman — (n.) O.E. aldormonn (Mercian), ealdormann (W.Saxon) ruler, prince, chief; chief officer of a shire, from aldor, ealder patriarch (comparative of ald old; see OLD (Cf. old)) + monn, mann man (see MAN (Cf. man) (n.)). A relic of the days when the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • alderman — ► NOUN 1) chiefly historical a co opted member of an English county or borough council, next in status to the Mayor. 2) (also alderwoman) N. Amer. & Austral. an elected member of a city council. DERIVATIVES aldermanship noun. ORIGIN Old English,… …   English terms dictionary

  • alderman — [ôl′dər mən] n. pl. aldermen [ôl′dərmən] [ME < OE ealdorman, chief, prince < eald, OLD + man, MAN] 1. in some U.S. cities, a member of the municipal council, usually representing a certain district or ward 2. in England and Wales before… …   English World dictionary

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