St'leger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
St'leger is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. St'leger comes from the name of the famous St. Leger.
Early Origins of the St'leger family
The surname St'leger was first found in Kent where Robert St. Leger was granted estates at Ulcombe and became Lord of the Manor of Ulcombe. "Ulcombe Place and manor belonged to the family of St. Leger, of whom Sir Robert, of an ancient house in Normandy, is said to have supported the Conqueror with his hand when landing on the Sussex coast. The present edifice, [(church)] which is in the later English style, contains some very old monuments to the St. Legers."  He also held estates at Bexhill in Sussex. Another source claims that Robert actually assisted William, Duke of Normandy from the boat which brought him to England in 1066 prior to the Battle of Hastings.
Early History of the St'leger family
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St'leger Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname St'leger include St.Leger, Leger, Legere, Sallinger, Sellinger, St. Ledger and many more.
Early Notables of the St'leger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the St'leger family to Ireland
Some of the St'leger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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St'leger migration to the United States +
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first St'legers to arrive on North American shores:
St'leger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William St. Leger, who settled in New Orleans in 1823
Contemporary Notables of the name St'leger (post 1700) +
- Francis Barry Boyle St. Leger (1799-1829), Irish novelist, the second eldest son of Richard St. Leger (second son of the first Viscount Doneraile)
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The St'leger Motto +
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.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.