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Elgude History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The history of the name Elgude begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. 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 Elgude is actually patronymic in origin.

Early Origins of the Elgude family


The surname Elgude was first found in the counties of Northumberland and Durham, 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 Elgude family


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Elgude Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Elgude has been recorded under many different variations, including Allgood, Algod, Algood, Elgood, Ellgod and others.

Early Notables of the Elgude family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Elgude family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Elgude 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 Elgude 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.


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