Algy


Algy
This unusual and interesting name is one of the variant forms of the surname created from the Middle English personal name "Alger". The name is a result of the "falling together" of several names of different origins, Old English and Germanic, introduced by the Normans. The final element of all of them is "gar, ger", a spear, while the first element is usually "alb", elf or "adal", noble, or "ald", old, resulting in such names as "Aelfgar" (elf-spear), "Aethelgar" (nobel-spear) and "Ealdgar" (old-spear). The modern surname can be found in a number of variant forms, ranging from Algar, Algore and Algy to Elgar, Elgee and Elgy. John Elgee was christened in London in 1667 and one William Elgy was christened at All Souls, Marylebone, on June 27th 1852. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Elger, which was dated 1271, in the "Ancient Deeds of Norfolk", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Algy — is a masculine given name, and may refer to:* Algy Clark (born 1903), American football player * Algy Gehrs (1880 1953), Australian cricketer * Algy Paterson (died 1995), last fluent speaker of the Martuthunira language * Algy Ward (21st century) …   Wikipedia

  • Algy — /al jee/, n. a male given name, form of Algernon. * * * …   Universalium

  • -algy — var. of algia: coxalgy. * * * …   Universalium

  • -algy — al·gy …   English syllables

  • -algy — aff. var. of algia: coxalgy[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • -algy — ˌaljē, ji noun combining form ( es) Etymology: Greek algia : algia * * * var. of algia: coxalgy …   Useful english dictionary

  • Algy — /al jee/, n. a male given name, form of Algernon …   Useful english dictionary

  • Algy Paterson — (died 6 August 1995) was the last fluent speaker of the Martuthunira language of Western Australia.Algy s father was a European, which made him eligible to be removed from his family by the authorities under the policy now known as the Stolen… …   Wikipedia

  • Algy Gehrs — Personal information Batting style Right hand bat Bowling style Legbreak International information National side Australian …   Wikipedia

  • Algy Ward — Alasdair Mackie Algy Ward is an English rock and roll bass guitarist and singer. He was first active as a member of the Australian punk band The Saints (playing on their second and third albums Eternally Yours and Prehistoric Sounds ) before… …   Wikipedia


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