Oldham Family Crest
The English surname Oldham is of habitational origin, being derived  from the place in Lancashire, so named from Middle English ald, old meaning “old” and holm meaning “island, or dry land in a fen.” The placename was first recorded as Aldholm in the Book of Fees and as Aldhulm in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire, both in 1226. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Achard de Aldeham. This was dated 1218 - 1219, in the ‘Feet of Fines of the county of Kent.” A notable bearer of the name was the 15th Century Bishop of Exeter Hugh Oldham, an early patron of education.

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