Show ContentsDilger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Dilger 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 Dilger, 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 Dilger family

The surname Dilger 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 Dilger family

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Dilger Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Dilger family (pre 1700)

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United States Dilger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dilger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Franz Dilger, aged 38, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dilger (post 1700) +

  • Hubert Anton Casimir Dilger (1836-1911), German immigrant to the United States, one of the finest artillerists in the Army of the Potomac, winning the Medal of Honor for his valiant work at the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville, politician, Adjutant General of Illinois, 1869-73; Appointed 1869 [2]
  • Kenneth Ray Dilger (b. 1971), retired professional American football player who played from 1995 to 2004
  • Louis F. Dilger, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Aix-la-Chapelle, 1917 [2]
  • Felix Dilger, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 3rd District, 1893-94 [2]
  • Max Dilger (b. 1989), German speedway rider
  • Mike Dilger (b. 1966), British ecologist, ornithologist and television presenter, best known as the wildlife reporter on the BBC television program The One Show

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook