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Where did the Scottish Liggett family come from? What is the Scottish Liggett family crest and coat of arms? When did the Liggett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Liggett 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 Liggett 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 Liggett 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 Liggett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Liggett 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:

Liggett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • George Liggett, who arrived in America in 1796

Liggett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Liggett, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1809
  • A Liggett, aged 27, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1852
  • Alexander, George, Robert, Samuel Liggett, all arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860

Liggett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Liggett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Joseph Liggett, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Prowse"

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  • Walter William Liggett (1886-1935), American journalist who worked at the New York Times, The Sun, New York Post, and the New York Daily News
  • Louis Kroh Liggett (1875-1946), American drug store magnate who founded Rexall Drugs, chairman of United Drug Company
  • Hunter Liggett (1857-1935), American Lieutenant General of the United States Army
  • Phil Liggett MBE (b. 1943), English commentator and journalist who covers professional cycling


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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. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Liggett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Liggett 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 30 August 2013 at 08:47.

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