The name Ellgude has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon
name that was originally 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 Ellgude is actually patronymic
Early Origins of the Ellgude family
The surname Ellgude 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 Ellgude family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellgude research.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 196 and 1965 are included under the topic Early Ellgude History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ellgude Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ellgude include Allgood, Algod, Algood, Elgood, Ellgod and others.
Early Notables of the Ellgude family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Ellgude Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ellgude family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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 Ellgude 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.