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Where did the Scottish Leggett family come from? What is the Scottish Leggett family crest and coat of arms? When did the Leggett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Leggett family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Legat, Leggat, Leggatt, Leggate, Legatt, Legget, Liggat, Ligget, Liggett and many more.

First found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leggett research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1574, 1412, 1403, 1408, 1406, 1407, 1575, 1612 and are included under the topic Early Leggett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leggett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Leggett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leggett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Gabriel Leggett, who arrived in New York in 1640

Leggett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph R Leggett, aged 40, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Leggett, who landed in New York in 1824

Leggett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Leggett, aged 37, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Ann Leggett, aged 38, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • William Leggett, aged 10, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Kate Leggett, aged 6, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Ruth Leggett, aged 4, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874


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  • Jay Michael Leggett (1963-2013), American actor and improv comedian
  • Mortimer Dormer Leggett (1821-1896), American lawyer, school administrator, professor, and major general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • Lucille Leggett (1896-1965), American painter of adobe homes, ghost towns, ranches and the desert
  • William Leggett (1802-1839), American writer
  • Sir Anthony James Leggett KBE, FRS (b. 1938), British world leader in the theory of low-temperature physics and co-winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Physics
  • William C. Leggett (b. 1939), Canadian academic who served as the 17th Principal of Queen's University from 1994 to 2004


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Jesus hominum salvatore
Motto Translation: Jesus. The savior of mankind.

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  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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  6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The Leggett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leggett 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.

This page was last modified on 21 January 2015 at 02:42.

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