Legaspi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient surname of Legaspi is from the Normandy region of France. This surname came from the given name Gavriel, which means God has given me strength.
Early Origins of the Legaspi family
The surname Legaspi was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat in the department of Calvados in the region of Caen, where they were a distinguished family of great nobility. The family name was originally spelled Gabriaut. In the same early period, about the 11th and 12th century, they branched to Brittany and Poitou.
Early History of the Legaspi family
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Legaspi Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Legaspi is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Gabriaut, Gabriau, Gabriault, Gabriel, Gabriele, Gabriell, Gabrielle, Gabrel, Gabrelle, Le Gabriel and many more.
Early Notables of the Legaspi family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Legaspi is the 12,018th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Legaspi family
France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Legaspi were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Legaspi were Thomas Gabriell who arrived in Trinity Harbour in Newfoundland in 1675; and settled in Heart's Content in 1681; Andre Gabriel settled in Codroy and Rivers in 1871.
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