The surname of ELLEGOOD was a baptismal name 'the son of Algood' a forgotten personal name, in use in England since the 12th century. The name is also spelt ALLIGOOD and ALLGOOD. Early records of the name mention William Algod, 1273, County Buckinghamshire. Robert Algold, County Cambridge. ibid. Richard Algood and Sence Dunn were married in London in the year 1570. Bartholmew Algood was the vicar of Wyken, County Norfolk. 1679. John Allgoode, registered at Oxford University in the year 1649. Henry Algood and Hannah Lloyd were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1786. Prior to the Invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066, no one had surnames, only christian or nicknames in England. Based on this, and our physical attributes, we were given surnames incorporating tax codes to show trades, areas in which we lived, as today we have street names and numbers. Surnames were used in France and like speaking countries from about the year 1000, and a few places had second names even earlier. Even early monarchs had additions to show attributes and character, for example Ethelred (red-hair) the Unready (never prepared) and Edward I. was named 'Long shanks' because of his long legs. An interesting person with the name was Sarah Allgood (1833-1950) the Irish born actress. She first appeared at the opening night of the Abbey Theatre in 1904. She toured Australia in 1915, returned to Ireland, but in 1940 she settled in Hollywood and became an American citizen. She appeared in over 30 films there, but died penniless. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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