Re: Anglicised surname Eldreth
By Alex Dow December 23, 2010 at 01:43:02
If you go to the LDS Family Search Web site and simply key in ELDRETH, there are NO Results from WALES, the only UK Results being very few in quantity; and generally from eastern England.
Those results tend to suggest that ELDRETH has English origins rather than Welsh.
Compounding and confusing the situation, there are many McElrath and similar results, suggesting possibly a separate origin in Ireland and/or Scotland.
THE OXFORD NAMES COMPANION does not have an entry for ELDRETH; the nearest being ELDRED, which is a derivative of ALDRITT.
ALDRITT English (chiefly Sussex): 1. From the M(iddle) (English) personal name ALDRED, which represents a coalescence of two O(ld) E(nglish) personal names: ELDRAED, composed of the elements EALD (=) old, + RAED (=) counsel, andAEdelraed
Vars.: Audritt, Aldred, Al(l)red, Eldrett, Eldritt, Eldred.
Again no mention of Welsh.
Alternatively, if it is connected to Ireland or Scotland, it is likely to br from McIlwraith, which I personally doubt-
McILWRAITH Scots and Irish. Anglicized form of Mac Gille Riabhaich (Sc) and Mac Giolla Riabhaigh (Ir) 'son of the brindled lad', cf REAVEY.
There are several Variants.