This very rare and unusual name is a part anglicization of the Olde French surname "Legasquenet" a locational name meaning "the Gascoh" i.e. one from the Province of Gascony in South West France. The name is equivalent to Scotland, England, Ireland etc., which all refer to a former national of their respective country, or perhaps more appropriately "French". The name is first recorded heraldically in Brittany, the Coat of Arms being a Red Crusader Cross Cannele on a white Field, in the Chief Sinister five black Mascles, the sign of honesty. The name is almost certainly of Huguenot origins. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Legassicke. which was dated 1668 (Baptised) St. Botolph without Aldgate, London. during the reign of King Charles II, The Merry Monarch, 1660 - 1685. 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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