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Early Origins of the Ligon family

The surname Ligon was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Ligon family

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Ligon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ligon, Ligone, Liggon, Ligonn, Liggonn, Ligone and many more.

Early Notables of the Ligon family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Richard Ligon (1585?-1662), British author who lost his fortune and fled to the Barbadoes...

Ligon Ranking

In the United States, the name Ligon is the 3,811st most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Ligon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ligon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Ligon, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [2]
  • Hugh Ligon, who arrived in Virginia in 1669
  • Simon Ligon, who arrived in Virginia in 1693
  • William Ligon, who arrived in Virginia in 1699 [2]
Ligon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John and Richard Ligon, whose Oaths of Allegiance were recorded Powhatan Co. VA in 1777

Contemporary Notables of the name Ligon (post 1700) +

  • Jim "Goose" Ligon (1944-2004), American professional basketball player
  • William Austin Ligon, the American co-founder and retired CEO of CarMax, Inc
  • Robert Fulwood Ligon (1823-1901), fourth Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
  • Glenn Ligon, American conceptual artist whose work explores race, language, desire, and identity
  • Tom Ligon (b. 1945), American television actor
  • Thomas Watkins Ligon (1810-1881), American politician, the 30th Governor of Maryland
  • Grover Ligon (1885-1965), American actor
  • Thomas Watkins Ligon (1810-1881), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1843; U.S. Representative from Maryland 3rd District, 1845-49; Governor of Maryland, 1854-58 [3]
  • Robert Fulwood Ligon Jr. (b. 1864), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor, Tuskegee, Alabama, 1886-88; Adjutant General of Alabama, 1896-99; Clerk of Alabama Supreme Court, 1899-1916 [3]
  • Robert Fulwood Ligon (1823-1901), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Alabama State House of Representatives, 1849; Member of Alabama State Senate, 1861; Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, 1874-76 [3]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook