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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change, including many immigrants with new names. Among these were the ancestors of the Ledger family, whose name comes from the name of the famous St. Leger.

Ledger Early Origins



The surname Ledger 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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.

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Ledger Spelling Variations


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Ledger Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled St.Leger, Leger, Legere, Sallinger, Sellinger, St. Ledger and many more.

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Ledger Early History


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Ledger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ledger research. Another 439 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1767, 1540, 1631 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Ledger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ledger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ledger Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ledger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ledger In Ireland


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Ledger In Ireland



Some of the Ledger 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Ledger or a variant listed above:

Ledger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Ledger, aged 47, arrived in Connecticut in 1812
  • G Ledger, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • Thomas Ledger, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • Edward Ledger, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875

Ledger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Ledger, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • William J. Ledger, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya"
  • William Ledger arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Himalaya" in 1849
  • Mary Ann Ledger arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Himalaya" in 1849

Ledger Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • H. O. Ledger arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
  • Walter Ledger, aged 27, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1878
  • James Ledger arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cape Finisterre" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ledger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ledger (post 1700)



  • Robert Hardy "Bob" Ledger (1937-2015), English professional footballer who played from 1955 to 1970
  • Robert Hardy "Bob" Ledger (b. 1937), English former professional footballer
  • Jennifer Carole "Jen" Ledger (b. 1989), English drummer and backing vocalist for the Grammy Award-nominated Christian rock/hard rock band Skillet
  • Septimus "Sep" Heyns Ledger (b. 1917), South African rugby union player
  • Heath Andrew Ledger (1979-2008), Australian Golden Globe Award winning BAFTA and Academy Award winning television and film actor, best known for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008)
  • Peter Ledger (1945-1994), Australian award winning artist and illustrator, eponym of The Ledger Awards
  • Sir Phillip Ledger CBE (b. 1937), British Director of Music, Cambridge from 1974-1982 and Conductor of the Cambridge University Musical Society from 1973-1982

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Ledger Historic Events


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Ledger Historic Events




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Motto


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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.


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Ledger Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Ledger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ledger 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.

This page was last modified on 17 June 2016 at 11:07.

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