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Where did the English Ledyard family come from? What is the English Ledyard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ledyard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ledyard family history?The name Ledyard reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Ledyard family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Ledyard is based on the name of the famous St. Leger.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Ledyard has been recorded under many different variations, including St.Leger, Leger, Legere, Sallinger, Sellinger, St. Ledger and many more.
First found in Kent where Robert St. Leger was granted estates at Ulcombe and became Lord of the Manor of Ulcombe. He also held estates at Bexhill in Sussex. It is said that Robert actually assisted William, Duke of Normandy from the boat which brought him to England in 1066 prior to the Battle of Hastings.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ledyard research. Another 347 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1767, 1540, 1st , 1631 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Ledyard History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ledyard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Ledyard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Ledyards were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Ledyard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Haut et bon
Motto Translation: High and good.
The Ledyard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ledyard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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