Illidge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Illidge is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Illidge family once 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 Illidge lived near an islet located by a lake.

Early Origins of the Illidge family

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

Early History of the Illidge family

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

Illidge Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Illidge family name include Illege, Illedge, Iledge, Ilege, Illega, Illige, Illidge, Illges, Ilige and many more.

Early Notables of the Illidge family (pre 1700)

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United States Illidge migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Illidge surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Illidge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Francis Illidge, aged 23, who settled in America from St. Kitts, in 1903
  • Maud Illidge, aged 18, who landed in America from St Martins, in 1906
  • Charlotte Illidge, aged 38, who landed in America from Anguilla, in 1906
  • Victor E. Illidge, aged 29, who settled in America from St, Martin, in 1908
  • Louisa Illidge, aged 27, who landed in America from New Ferry, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Illidge (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Henry Illidge (1799-1851), English portrait painter


The Illidge 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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