The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Illges come 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 Illges lived near an islet located by a lake.
Early Origins of the Illges family
The surname Illges was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Illges family
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Illges Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Illges has been recorded under many different variations, including Illege, Illedge, Iledge, Ilege, Illega, Illige, Illidge, Illges, Ilige and many more.
Early Notables of the Illges family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Illges family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Illges or a variant listed above: Benjamin Ilidge, who sailed to America in 1757. L. Illege journeyed to San Francisco in 1852.
Contemporary Notables of the name Illges (post 1700)
- John P Illges, American business executive
The Illges 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.