Legeard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Legeard came to England with the ancestors of the Legeard family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the name of the famous St. Leger.

Early Origins of the Legeard family

The surname Legeard 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] 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.

Important Dates for the Legeard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Legeard research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1767, 1540, 1631, 1678, 1600, 1618, 1619, 1627, 1600, 1665, 1621, 1650 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Legeard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Legeard Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Legeard family name include St.Leger, Leger, Legere, Sallinger, Sellinger, St. Ledger and many more.

Early Notables of the Legeard family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Legeard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Legeard family to Ireland

Some of the Legeard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 249 words (18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Legeard family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Legeard family to immigrate North America: John St. Ledger settled in Canada in 1841; William St. Leger settled in New Orleans in 1823.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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