The surname of OLDEN is of the baptismal group of surnames, 'the son of Aldwin'. The name was a popular 12th and 13th century font name. The Norman Conquest in the year of 1066 revolutionized our personal nomenclature. The old English name system was gradually broken up and old English names became less common and were replaced by new names from the continent. Most of the early documents deal with the upper classes who realised that an additional name added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Names of peasants rarely occurred in medieval documents. Early records mention Aldanus (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086, and Gamel filius Alden appears in Lancashire in the year 1196. Walterus filius Aldan was documented in 1218 in County Lancashire. William de Aldwinshaw was recorded in the year 1422 County Lancashire. Adam de Aldewyneshawe 1272-1307. Philip Aldwin married Susanna Weeks, Westminster, London in 1678. The name is also spelt ALDIN and ALDINE. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. As early as the year 1100, it was quite common for English people to give French names to their children, and the earliest instances are found among the upper classes, both the clergy and the patrician families. The Norman-French names used were generally the names most commonly used by the Normans, who had introduced them into England during the Norman Invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066.
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