Show ContentsElio History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Elio is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts, a tribe in ancient Scotland. The Elio family lived in Liddesdale and Teviotdale where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages. The name is actually derived from the Old English personal name Elwald or Aelfwald, but this name is now all but extinct as a personal name.

"A William Aliot came into England with the Conqueror, and the name seems to be connected with Alis and Ellis." 1

Early Origins of the Elio family

The surname Elio was first found in Liddesdale, and Teviotdale. Although originally from Elliott, a village near Forfar, this Clan was persuaded by the Douglases to move south to help defend the border in 1396. There they became one of the most influential clans. Some of the notable personalities were "Archie Fire the Braes," "Hob of the Park," "Little Jock of the Park," "Jock Half Lugs," "Jock A'God's Name," "Gibbe Wi' the Gowden Gartens."

Early History of the Elio family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elio research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1490, 1499, 1522, 1546, 1565, 1592, 1604, 1612, 1632, 1636, 1640, 1665, 1668, 1670, 1685, 1690, 1700, 1714, 1726, 1784, 1789, 1797, 1890 and 1898 are included under the topic Early Elio History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Elio Spelling Variations

The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Elio has been spelled Elliott, Elliot, Eliot, Eliott, Ellegett, Ellegot, Ellecot, Ellacott, Ellacot, Ellgate, Ellett, Ellit and many more.

Early Notables of the Elio family

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was

  • Sir John Eliot (1592-1632), an English statesman who was serially imprisoned in the Tower of London by King Charles I for advocating the rights and privileges of Parliament
  • John Eliot (c. 1604-1690), English Puritan missionary to the American Indians from Widford, Hertfordshire
  • John Eliot (1612-1685), an English politician, Member of Parliament for St Germans (1640)

Ireland Migration of the Elio family to Ireland

Some of the Elio family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 80 words (6 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 Elio family

The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Elio: Lewis Ellett who settled in Virginia in 1721; Margeret Ellgate settled in Barbados in 1635; Michael Elligot settled in Quebec in 1825; George, Hugh, Joseph, Robert, and Thomas Elliott settled in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1840.

Contemporary Notables of the name Elio (post 1700) +

  • Francisco Javier González de Castejón y Elío (1848-1919), Marqués del Vadillo, Spanish politician
  • Carlos Miranda y Elío, Spanish diplomat
  • Elio Veltri (b. 1938), Italian journalist and politician, born at Longobardi, Calabria
  • Elio Pietrini (1939-2022), Argentine-born, Venezuelan actor, mainly active in telenovelas
  • Elio Pandolfi (1926-2021), Italian stage, film and television actor, radio personality, and voice actor
  • Elio Locatelli (1943-2019), Italian speed skater and a technic commissioner
  • Elio Crovetto (1926-2000), Italian actor, comedian and television personality
  • Elio Fiorucci (1935-2015), Italian fashion designer and the founder of the Fiorucci fashion label
  • Elio Pecoraro (b. 1967), retired Italian professional football player who played from 1985 to 1993
  • Elio Marchetti (b. 1974), Italian race car driver and motorcycle racer

The Elio 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: Fortiter et recte
Motto Translation: Rightly and Boldly

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. on Facebook