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Ilitch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Ilitch name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family 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 Ilitch lived near an islet located by a lake.

Early Origins of the Ilitch family

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

Early History of the Ilitch family

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Ilitch Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ilitch were recorded, including Illege, Illedge, Iledge, Ilege, Illega, Illige, Illidge, Illges, Ilige and many more.

Early Notables of the Ilitch family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ilitch family to the New World and Oceana

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Ilitch family emigrate to North America: Benjamin Ilidge, who sailed to America in 1757. L. Illege journeyed to San Francisco in 1852.

Contemporary Notables of the name Ilitch (post 1700)

  • Michael "Mike" Ilitch Sr. (1929-2017), American entrepreneur, founder and owner of the international fast food franchise Little Caesars Pizza

The Ilitch 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.

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