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Type Surname (from given name)

Meaning & History

Derived from an Old English given name, possibly *Ælfgod or *Æðelgod, in which the second element is god "god". (Another source gives the meaning "temple-god", presumably from ealh and god.)
According to, 'Although recorded erratically in many parts of England, this unusual surname seems to originate in East Anglia, and specifically the Bury St. Edmunds region of Suffolk. Its survival through the Norman period after 1066 was probably because the fen country was for many years very remote and often untouched by events.'
Added 8/21/2012 by SeaHorse15
Edited 4/28/2024 by Mike C and SeaHorse15