The surname Legris is a name of ancient French origin. It was a Breton
name given to a person with gray hair. The name Legris is derived from the Old French word "gris," which means "gray," and was often given to someone with gray hair.
Early Origins of the Legris family
The surname Legris was first found in Brittany
where this distinguished family held a family seat
at Motte, and were prominent members of the aristocracy.
Early History of the Legris family
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Legris Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations
of this name, Legris some of which are Gris, Griss, Grix, LeGris, Legris, Legriss and many more.
Early Notables of the Legris family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Legris family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Legris Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Adrien Legris (1686), Jean Legris (1692), and Denis Legris (1728) all arrived in Quebec from Ile-de-France
Contemporary Notables of the name Legris (post 1700)
- Robert Legris, Montreal Lawyer, Quebec, Canada
- Sylvia Legris (b. 1960), Canadian poet