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Where did the French lagiais family come from? What is the French lagiais family crest and coat of arms? When did the lagiais family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the lagiais family history?

The surname lagiais is a patronymic name; it is derived from the given name Adigari, a Germanic personal name. It means "noble spear." Such militaristic names were quite popular in the Middle Ages, which was an era of almost permanent warfare in Europe. The formulation of the surname started as L'ardigari, which was shortened and corrupted over time to the current version of the name.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Lagier, Lagiez, Lagié, Lagiée, Lagiait, Lagiais, Lagiaies, Lagiay, Lagiest, Lagiet, Lagyer, Lagyez, Lagyé, Lagyée, Lagyait, Lagyais, Lagyaies, Lagyay, Lagyest and many more.

First found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where this impressive family held a family seat since ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lagiais research. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1335, 1371, 1400, 1561, 1600, 1791, and 1809 are included under the topic Early lagiais History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early lagiais Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Baltzsar Lager settled in Philadelphia in 1853; Herman Lager settled in Texas in 1846.


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The lagiais Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lagiais 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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