Legrand History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Legrand surname comes from the Old French word "grand," which in turn comes from the Latin "grandis," meaning "large" or "tall." As such, Legrand is though to have was originally been a nickname for a large or tall person, which later became a surname. There is also a village of Lagrand in the Department of Hautes Alpes that dates from early times; some instances of this surname may have come from the name of this village.
Early Origins of the Legrand family
The surname Legrand was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where this eminent family held a family seat from very early times.
The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Robert, Richard, Serlo, Roger and Nicholas Grand as living in Normandy 1180-95.  Similarly in ancient Britain, Grand was a personal name in the Domesday Book. 
Early History of the Legrand family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Legrand research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1521, 1545, 1555, 1560, 1572, 1582, 1598, 1626, 1655, 1669, 1789, and 1815 are included under the topic Early Legrand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Legrand Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Grand, Grands, Grande, Grandes, Gron, Gronde, Grons, Grondes, Legrand, Legrands, Legrande, Legrandes, Legron, Legronde, Legrons and many more.
Early Notables of the Legrand family (pre 1700)
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Legrand migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Legrand Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Pierre LeGrand, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 
- Jacques LeGrand, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 
- James Legrand, who landed in Virginia in 1718 
- Augustine LeGrand, who landed in Louisiana in 1718 
- Daniel Legrand, who arrived in Virginia in 1718 
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Legrand Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Alexander Legrand, who arrived in America in 1832 
- Heinr Legrand, who landed in New York in 1839 
- Johann Gottfried Legrand, aged 29, who landed in America in 1846 
- Christian Legrand, who landed in North America in 1852 
- Pierre Legrand, who landed in Mississippi in 1854 
Legrand migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Legrand Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Louis Legrand, son of Jacques and Françoise, who married Marie-Angélique Berloin, daughter of Joseph and Marie, in Saint-Henri de Mascouche, Quebec on 15th December 1679 
- Pierre Legrand, son of Étienne and Marie, who married Marie Migneron, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Quebec on 15th December 1679 
Legrand Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jean Legrand, son of Pierre and Marie, who married Élisabeth Vallée, daughter of Jean and Marguerite, in Montreal, Quebec on 17th February 1745 
- Jacques Legrand, son of Dimonique and Catherine, who married Madeleine Provost, daughter of Louis and Marie-Anne, in Saint-Philippe, Quebec on 4th November 1760 
Contemporary Notables of the name Legrand (post 1700) +
- Louis Melchior Legrand, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Étienne Legrand, Baron de Mercey, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Claude Juste Alexandre Legrand, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Louis Auguste Mathieu Legrand (1863-1951), French artist, known for his aquatint engravings, awarded the Légion d'honneur for his work in 1906
- Ugo Legrand (b. 1989), French bronze medalist judoka at the 2012 Summer Olympics and later gold medalist at the 2012 European Championships
- Lise Legrand (b. 1976), French bronze medalist wrestler at the 2004 Summer Olympics
- Frédéric Legrand, French founder of Legrand in 1904, now a manufacturer of switches, electrical connectors and other circuit components worldwide with over 29,420 employees (2010)
- Michel Legrand (b. 1932), French composer and arranger
- Mirtha Legrand (b. 1927), stage name of Rosa María Juana Martínez Suárez, an Argentine actress and television presenter
- Milton LeGrand Wood III (1922-2015), American Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta from 1967 to 1974
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The Legrand Motto +
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: In variis nunquam varius
Motto Translation: Never varied in various
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- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 8) Louis Legrand. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 8) Étienne Legrand. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 8) Claude Legrand. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html