The earliest origins of the name Ellgode date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons
. The name 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 Ellgode is actually patronymic
Early Origins of the Ellgode family
The surname Ellgode 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 Ellgode family
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Ellgode Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ellgode include Allgood, Algod, Algood, Elgood, Ellgod and others.
Early Notables of the Ellgode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ellgode family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ellgode 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 Ellgode 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.