Last name: Leggett
This unusual and interesting name is of early medieval English origin, and is an occupational surname for an ambassador or deputy. The derivation is from the Old French and Middle English word "legat", from the Latin "legatus", from "legare", to appoint, ordain, from "lex", "legis", law, command. In addition to being an official name for a "legate", an official elected to represent his village at the manor court, the surname may derive from a "pageant-name" similar to the medieval surnames of official position such as "Lord", "Knight", "King", and "Bishop", these being frequent characters on show in medieval pageants, and those that played them easily coming to be called by that name. The modern surname can be found as Leggatt, Legat(e), Leg(g)ett and Leggitt. The marriage of Richard Colfe and Elisabeth Leggett was recorded at St. Dionis Backchurch, London, in 1585. A Coat of Arms granted to the Legat or Leggett families of Essex, Kent and Norfolk, is an ermine shield with a red lion rampant. Two red lions' gambs erect, supporting a gold mitre, forms the Crest, and the Motto is "Jesus hominum Salvator". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Peter Legat, which was dated 1199, in the "Pipe Rolls of Cornwall", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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Bobby D. Leggett Jr.
My family is from Georgia and Fla.my grandfathers name wasT.D. Leggett
My parents and grandparents were from Washington, N.C.,Beaufort County. Some of my ancestors were from South Carolina. I have family in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.
my parents grand parents and even great grandparents are from toronto ontario canada. before them we were from scotland.
I just really wanted to know why and where I got my last name from.
Guess I'm an outsider
my great grandfather was William Albert Leggett. born approx. 1860 somewhere in England. I think he came to Canada between 1881 and 1891. Married in 1892. Had 3 children. But died accidentally in 1898. I would like to know where he came from in England and who his family was in England.