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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.

Dilger Early Origins



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.

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Dilger Spelling Variations


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Dilger Spelling Variations



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

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Dilger Early History


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Dilger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dilger research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1771 and 1818 are included under the topic Early Dilger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dilger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dilger Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dilger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dilger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Franz Dilger, aged 38, arrived in Missouri in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dilger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dilger (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Hubert Anton Casimir Dilger (1836-1911), American Republican politician, Adjutant General of Illinois, 1869-73; Appointed 1869. German ancestry
  • Felix Dilger, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 3rd District, 1893-94
  • Max Dilger (b. 1989), German speedway rider
  • 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
  • Mike Dilger (b. 1966), British ecologist, ornithologist and television presenter, best known as the wildlife reporter on the BBC television program The One Show

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    4. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    5. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Dilger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dilger Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 28 October 2015 at 13:51.

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