Elggould is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes. It is derived from the ancient personal name Algod.
In Old Danish, the name was Algot,
while in Old Swedish, the name was Algut.
Although the variant form Allgood appears to be a complimentary nickname
, the surname Elggould is actually patronymic
Early Origins of the Elggould family
The surname Elggould was first found in the counties of Northumberland
, although not of Boernician
origin as were most of the families in that area. Originally found in the Domesday Book
compiled in 1086 by King William after his conquest of England
in 1066, as Algod, the name gradually changed to Allgood.
Early History of the Elggould family
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Elggould Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Elggould are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Elggould include: Allgood, Algod, Algood, Elgood, Ellgod and others.
Early Notables of the Elggould family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elggould family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Elggould or a variant listed above: John Allgood settled in Barbados in 1674; being one of the first settlers in North America. It is believed he later moved to the mainland.
The Elggould 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: Age omne bonum
Motto Translation: Do all good.