Show ContentsDilge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Dilge is derived from the personal name Odilia, the patron saint of the Alsace. Odilia was shortened into the diminutive form Dilia, and then it was shortened again to Dilg. There is a double diminutive form and the suffix "er" was sometimes added to the name. Patronymic surnames, such as Dilge, arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. In the religious naming tradition, which was developed later than the vernacular tradition, surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, theChristian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.

Early Origins of the Dilge family

The surname Dilge was first found in Swabia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. The name comes from Odilia, patron saint of the Alsace, and it soon took the form of Dilia, and thence Dilg. Records reveal that a Mathis Dilger lived in Tuebingen in 1456.

Early History of the Dilge family

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Dilge Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dilg, Dilger, Dilge, Tilgner (Silesia) and others.

Early Notables of the Dilge family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dilge family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Carl Dilg, who settled in New York, N.Y. with his family in 1882; Louis Dilg settled in Philadelphia in 1836; William Dilg arrived in Philadelphia in 1836..



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