The ancestors of the name Ilidge date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Ilidge lived near an islet located by a lake.
Early Origins of the Ilidge family
The surname Ilidge was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ilidge family
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Ilidge Spelling Variations
Ilidge has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Ilidge have been found, including Illege, Illedge, Iledge, Ilege, Illega, Illige, Illidge, Illges, Ilige and many more.
Early Notables of the Ilidge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ilidge family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ilidges to arrive on North American shores:
Ilidge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Benjamin Ilidge, who sailed to America in 1757
The Ilidge 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.