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Multiple Origins for the Surname Leger


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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.

Leger Early Origins



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

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Leger Spelling Variations


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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.

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Leger Early History


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Leger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leger research. Another 114 words (8 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.

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Leger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leger Early Notables (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...

Another 97 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Leger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Leger, who landed in South Carolina in 1755
  • Francois Leger, who arrived in Connecticut in 1763
  • Angelique Pinel Leger, aged 44, landed in New Orleans, La in 1785

Leger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jean Leger, who arrived in Louisiana in 1805-1809
  • Urbin Leger, who landed in Mississippi in 1849
  • Jacob Leger, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

Leger Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • César Léger married in Quebec in 1644
  • Maurice Leger, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Maurice Leger, aged 16, landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Morice Leger, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Francois Leger, who arrived in Montreal in 1662
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • François Léger married in Port-Royal in 1714

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leger (post 1700)


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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.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The Leger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leger Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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