Origins Available: English
The origins of the name Alliffe are with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the baptismal name Ailof.
Early Origins of the Alliffe family
The surname Alliffe was first found in Northumberland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Alliffe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alliffe 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 Alliffe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alliffe Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Alliffe has been spelled many different ways, including Iliff, Iliffe, Illiffe, Illif, Ayliff, Ayliffe, Ailiffe, Ailiff, Ellif, Elaf and many more.
Early Notables of the Alliffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alliffe family to Ireland
Some of the Alliffe 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 Alliffe family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Alliffes to arrive in North America: Thomas Ayliffe, who sailed to Rappahannock, Virginia in 1741; John Ayliffe to Maryland in 1774; and Benjamin Iliff to Philadelphia in 1878.
The Alliffe 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