Legrande History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Legrande surname comes from the Old French word "grand," which in turn comes from the Latin "grandis," meaning "large" or "tall." As such, Legrande 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 Legrande family
The surname Legrande 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 Legrande family
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Legrande 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 Legrande family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Legrande family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Grand, who settled in Virginia in 1650; Joost Grand, who settled in the New Netherlands in 1662; Mary Grand, who settled in Virginia in 1639; Richard Grand, who settled in St. Christopher in 1654.
Contemporary Notables of the name Legrande (post 1700) +
- Ray LeGrande Riley (1874-1953), American Republican politician, Druggist; California state controller, 1921-37; Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from California, 1938 
- Brigadier-General LeGrande Albert Diller (1901-1987), American Aide to Commander in Chief South-west Pacific Area (1942-1945) 
- LeGrande II Rouse, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1964 
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The Legrande 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