Legros History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Legros family

The surname Legros was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family was anciently seated at Gros, a village and seigneurie in the department of Eure in the canton of Amfreville. The first on record was about 1066 when Odon leGros was accused of the murder of Gilbert, Count of Brionne, although another historian ascribes the murder to an entirely different person.

Early History of the Legros family

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Legros Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Legros, LeGros, Legross, Legrow, Grosville and others.

Early Notables of the Legros family (pre 1700)

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Legros World Ranking

In the United States, the name Legros is the 16,104th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Legros is ranked the 967th most popular surname. [2] And in France, the name Legros is the 218th popular surname with an estimated 16,232 people with that name. [3]


United States Legros migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Legros Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Antoine Legros, aged 20, who landed in Louisiana in 1720 [4]
Legros Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Charles LeGros, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868
Legros Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Augustus LeGros, who arrived in Alabama in 1926 [4]

Canada Legros migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Legros Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Legros, who arrived in Quebec in 1690 from Normandy
Legros Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean-Baptiste Legros, son of Antoine and Jacques, who married Marie Buet, daughter of Alexis and Françoise, in Lachine, Quebec on 24th November 1700 [5]
  • Elie Legros, who settled in Quebec in 1738 from Guyenne
  • Élie Legros, son of Élie and Madeleine, who married Françoise Pépin, daughter of Robert and Élisabeth, in Montreal, Quebec on 7th January 1738 [5]
  • Jacques Legros, son of Nicolas and Marie-Charlotte, who married Marie-Josephte Gautier, daughter of Joseph and Marie-Rose, in Bout-de-l'île, Quebec on 8th January 1747 [5]
  • Louis Legros, son of Jean-Baptiste and Marie, who married Angélique Langevin, daughter of Louis and Madeleine, in Lachine, Quebec on 6th April 1750 [5]
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New Zealand Legros migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Legros Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Victor LeGros, (b. 1850), aged 23, British shoemaker from Guernsey travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [6]
  • Mrs. Marie LeGros, (b. 1850), aged 23, British settler from Guernsey travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Legros (post 1700) +

  • James LeGros (b. 1962), American movie and Television actor
  • Maximin Legros, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [7]
  • Joseph Legros (1739-1793), French singer and composer
  • Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), French etcher, painter, and sculptor

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Joseph McNeil Legros, American Seaman First Class from Louisiana, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [8]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  3. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 8) Maximin Legros. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  8. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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