Legascogne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The medieval era saw many new names come to France. Legascogne appeared at that time in the region called Gascogne. It was a name for someone who lived in the French province of Gascoigne or Gascony.
Early Origins of the Legascogne family
The surname LeGascogne was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Garidech, and were a prestigious aristocratic family of south-west France who also held estates in neighboring Languedoc to the east.
Early History of the Legascogne family
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Legascogne Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Legascogne some of which are Gascoing, Gascoign, Gascoigne, Gascon, Gascoin, Gascogne, Gasco, Gascouin, Gasciogne, Gascoyne, La Gascogne, Lagascogne, La Gascoigne, Lagascoigne, Cascoigne and many more.
Early Notables of the Legascogne family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir William Gascoigne (1350?-1419), English judge, eldest son of William Gascoigne, by Agnes, daughter of Nicholas Frank, was born at Gawthorpe, Yorkshire.
John Gascoigne (fl. 1381), was an English doctor of canon law at Oxford, was possibly the 'Jo. Gascoigne, cler.' who is named in a seventeenth-century pedigree (Thoresby, Duc. Leod. p. 177) as brother to Sir William Gascoigne [q. v.], the Chief Justice, and to Richard Gascoigne of Hunslet, who is said to have been father of Thomas [q. v.]
Thomas Gascoigne (1403-1458), was an English theologian, son and heir of Richard Gascoigne and...
Migration of the LeGascogne family
French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Legascogne surname were Peter Gascoign who settled in Barbados in 1679; Charles Gascoigne settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1859; P. Gascoigne settled in Baltimore, Maryland in 1820.