Some members of our family believe the family
name has its origins in France, and so far I have found no evidence to
either prove or disprove this theory. Currently there are only a handful of
people with the name Aldous living in France, whereas there are over 4000 in
the United Kingdom, but that does not mean the situation was the same five
or six hundred years ago.
A dictionary of surnames gives the following
Habitation name from a place in Strathclyde
(Renfrewshire)., name as Old English old plus hus – house.
Variations listed are Aldis, Alldis, Aldus,
Aldhouse, Audis and Oldis. Other known variations include Aldhowse, Aldowse,
The surname Aldous is common in East Anglia:
one family (ours) can trace their ancestry to a certain
(d 1528) of Fressingfield, Suffolk.
The name is first recorded in
Fressingfield in 1327., and it is also
recorded as the name of the rector of Wreningham, Norfolk in 1393.
In 1265 Roger, son of Reginald de Aldhous
resigned all claim to the lands of Aldous, Renfrewshire held by himself and
his father, and in 1284 his son John d'Aldhus reaffirmed this renunciation
in a court of the justiciar of Lothian.
will be updated as and when new information becomes available.
Ray Aldous (2003)
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