Origins Available: English
Aliffe is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Ailof.
Early Origins of the Aliffe family
The surname Aliffe was first found in Northumberland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Aliffe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aliffe research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1176, 1198, 1240, 1260, 1500, and 1640 are included under the topic Early Aliffe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aliffe Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Aliffe has undergone many spelling variations
, including Iliff, Iliffe, Illiffe, Illif, Ayliff, Ayliffe, Ailiffe, Ailiff, Ellif, Elaf and many more.
Early Notables of the Aliffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aliffe family to Ireland
Some of the Aliffe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Aliffe family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Aliffe were among those contributors: Thomas Ayliffe, who sailed to Rappahannock, Virginia in 1741; John Ayliffe to Maryland in 1774; and Benjamin Iliff to Philadelphia in 1878.
The Aliffe Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vive ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live for ever