Legascoigne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The medieval era saw many new names come to France. Legascoigne 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 Legascoigne family

The surname Legascoigne 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 Legascoigne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Legascoigne research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1535 and 1577 are included under the topic Early Legascoigne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Legascoigne Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Legascoigne, some of which include Gascoing, Gascoign, Gascoigne, Gascon, Gascoin, Gascogne, Gasco, Gascouin, Gasciogne, Gascoyne, La Gascogne, Lagascogne, La Gascoigne, Lagascoigne, Cascoigne and many more.

Early Notables of the Legascoigne 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...
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Migration of the Legascoigne family

France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Legascoigne has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Legascoigne 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.



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