Origins Available: English
The name Elger originated with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from a group of baptismal surnames which all mean the son of Eggar.
Early Origins of the Elger family
The surname Elger was first found in the counties of Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Elger family
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Elger Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Elger has appeared include Agar, Algar, Alger, Algore, Augar, Auger, Elger, Elgar, Eager, Eagar, Etches, Eaches and many more.
Early Notables of the Elger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elger family to Ireland
Some of the Elger family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 141 words (10 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 Elger family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Elger arrived in North America very early:
Elger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Wenzel Elger, aged 36, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1867 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Elger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John Elger, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Contemporary Notables of the name Elger (post 1700)
- Thomas Gwyn Empy Elger (1836-1897), lunar mapper and the first director of the Lunar Section of the British Astronomical Association (BAA), eponym of the lunar crater Elger
The Elger 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: Spectemur agendo
Motto Translation: Let us be judged by our actions.