The ancient history of the Iledge name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the area referred to as Illide Green
in the county of Cheshire
. This place-name was originally derived from the Anglo-Norman French word isle or ile,
which means islet
and the Old English word lache,
which means a lake.
Therefore the original bearers of the surname Iledge lived near an islet located by a lake.
Early Origins of the Iledge family
The surname Iledge was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Iledge family
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Iledge 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 Iledge include Illege, Illedge, Iledge, Ilege, Illega, Illige, Illidge, Illges, Ilige and many more.
Early Notables of the Iledge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Iledge 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 Iledge or a variant listed above: Benjamin Ilidge, who sailed to America in 1757. L. Illege journeyed to San Francisco in 1852.
The Iledge 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: Aquila non captat muscas
Motto Translation: The eagle is no fly-catcher.