Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Ilige is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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 Ilige lived near an islet located by a lake.
Early Origins of the Ilige family
The surname Ilige was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ilige family
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Ilige Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ilige has been spelled many different ways, including Illege, Illedge, Iledge, Ilege, Illega, Illige, Illidge, Illges, Ilige and many more.
Early Notables of the Ilige family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ilige family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Iliges to arrive in North America: Benjamin Ilidge, who sailed to America in 1757. L. Illege journeyed to San Francisco in 1852.
The Ilige 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.