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SOURCE: Given Name
Meaning & History
Derived from an Old English given name, possibly *Ælfgod
, in which the second element is god
"god". (Another source gives the meaning "temple-god", presumably from ealh
According to surnamedb.com, "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."