Leger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious French surname Leger is a proud sign of a rich and dynamic ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in France were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. The surname Leger is derived from the Old German personal name Leodegar, meaning people spear.

Early Origins of the Leger family

The surname Leger was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France

Early History of the Leger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leger research. Another 41 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1594, 1615, 1631, 1640, 1652, 1684, 1686, 1734, and 1766 are included under the topic Early Leger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Leger, Léger, Liogier, Légier, Legier, Legerat, Légerat, Legeret, Légeret, Legeron, Légeron, Legere and many more.

Early Notables of the Leger family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Antoine I Léger, a theologian born in 1594. Antoine II, his son, was a protestant pastor. Born in Geneva in 1652, Antoine II was pastor at a parish in the country around Geneva, and in 1684 he became the town pastor. In 1686 he was named professor of philosophy, and was successful in this career for twenty-four years. Michel Léger, his son, was also a successful...
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United States Leger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Leger, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [1]
Leger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Leger, who landed in South Carolina in 1755 [1]
  • Francois Leger, who arrived in Connecticut in 1763 [1]
  • Angelique Pinel Leger, aged 44, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1785 [1]
Leger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jean Leger, who arrived in Louisiana in 1805-1809 [1]
  • Urbin Leger, who landed in Mississippi in 1849 [1]
  • Jacob Leger, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [1]

Canada Leger migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leger Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • César Léger married in Quebec in 1644
  • Cesar Leger, son of Jean and Marie, who married Marguerite Bénard, daughter of Denys and Marie, in Quebec on 26th August 1647 [2]
  • Maurice Leger, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Maurice Leger, aged 16, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Morice Leger, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Leger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Leger, son of Pierre and Marguerite, who married Jeanne Boilard, daughter of Jean and Jeanne, in Quebec on 15th May 1706 [2]
  • Pierre Leger, son of Pierre and Louise, who married Anne-Marguerite Fortier, daughter of Étienne and Marguerite, in Quebec on 7th January 1711 [2]
  • François Léger married in Port-Royal in 1714
  • Jacques Leger, son of Jacques and Anne-Madeleine, who married Anne Amirault, daughter of François and Marie, in Port-Royal, Acadia on 12th January 1717 [2]
  • Jean Leger, son of François and Anne, who married Marguerite Marchand, daughter of Jacques and Marguerite, in Quebec on 11th December 1726 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Leger (post 1700) +

  • Walter “Walt” J. Leger III, American politician, Speaker pro tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives
  • Omer Léger (b. 1931), American-born, Canadian merchant and politician
  • Richard "Dick" Leger (1925-1999), American Square Dance Caller known as the 'Man with the Guitar', inducted into the International Square Dance Hall of Fame in 1978
  • Louis Léger (1843-1923), French writer and pioneer in Slavic studies
  • André Léger (1896-1963), French racing cyclist in the 1929 Tour de France
  • Joseph Fernand Henri Léger (1881-1955), French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker
  • Joseph Ernest Roger Leger (1919-1965), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player who played 187 games
  • Nicole Léger (b. 1955), Canadian politician and the Member of the National Assembly of Quebec
  • Marcel Léger (1930-1993), Canadian politician, supporter of Quebec sovereignty, and founder of the polling firm Leger Marketing
  • Jacques Nicolas Léger (1859-1918), Haitian lawyer, politician, and diplomat
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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