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Legault History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Legault has a long French heritage that first began in the northern region of Normandy. The name is derived from when the family lived in Normandy.


Early Origins of the Legault family


The surname Legault was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Legault family


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Legault Spelling Variations


Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Legault, including Gaultier, Gault, Legault, Legaultier and others.

Early Notables of the Legault family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family in this period was Philippe Gaultier de Comporté, soldier, seigneur, commissary of the King's warehouses, provost of the Marshalsea, naval commissary. He was the son of Philippe Gaultier, Sieur de Rinault, and of Gillette de Veron, who married Marie Bazire in 1672. René Gaultier de Varennes, officer...
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Migration of the Legault family to the New World and Oceana


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 Legault were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Legault were

Legault Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Noël Legault, born in 1674, son of Roch Legault and of Marie Galion, d'Ervillac, in the bishopric of Cornouailles, married in Montréal, in 1698

Legault Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Royal Legault, aged 24, who emigrated to America, in 1922
  • Archie Legault, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924
  • Rena Legault, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924
  • Rene Legault, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1924

Legault Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Francois Legault, aged 39, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1904
  • Josephine Legault, aged 46, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1909
  • Alice Legault, aged 15, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1909
  • Camille Legault, aged 49, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1909
  • August Legault, aged 21, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1914
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Contemporary Notables of the name Legault (post 1700)


  • Lance LeGault (1935-2012), American actor, best known for his role as Colonel Roderick Decker in the 1980s American television series The A-Team
  • William Lance LeGault (1935-2012), American film and television actor, best known as Colonel Roderick Decker in the 1980s American television series The A-Team
  • François Legault (b. 1957), Canadian politician, former member of the National Assembly of Quebec, Premier of Quebec (2018-)
  • Kyle Patrick Legault (b. 1985), Canadian speedway rider
  • Diane Legault (b. 1956), French-Canadian dentist and politician who was the member of the National Assembly for Chambly in Quebec
  • Léonard Hilarion Joseph Legault OC (b. 1935), Canadian diplomat, High Commissioner for Canada to Nigeria and Sierra Leone (1977-1979)
  • Claude Legault (b. 1963), French-Canadian three-time Gémeaux Award winning actor, known for 7 Days (2010), Minuit, le soir (2005) and 19-2 (2011)
  • Karine Legault (b. 1978), Canadian freestyle swimmer at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Josée Legault (b. 1966), Canadian journalist for the newspaper The Gazette
  • Hugues Legault (b. 1974), Canadian freestyle swimmer at the 1996 Summer Olympics
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