Ilges History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Ilges begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived 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 Ilges lived near an islet located by a lake.

Early Origins of the Ilges family

The surname Ilges was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Ilges family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ilges research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1188, 1500, 1799, 1799 and 1851 are included under the topic Early Ilges History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ilges Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Ilges has undergone many spelling variations, including Illege, Illedge, Iledge, Ilege, Illega, Illige, Illidge, Illges, Ilige and many more.

Early Notables of the Ilges family (pre 1700)

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United States Ilges migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ilges were among those contributors:

Ilges Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Paul Ilges, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]


The Ilges 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.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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