Family name origins & meanings
- English : from a Norman personal name, Leodegar, Old French Legier, of Germanic origin, composed of the elements liut ‘people’, ‘tribe’ + gār, gēr ‘spear’. The name was borne by a 7th-century bishop of Autun, whose fame contributed to the popularity of the name in France. (In Germany the name was connected with a different saint, an 8th-century bishop of Münster.)
- English : variant of Letcher, in part a deliberate alteration to avoid the association with Middle English lecheor ‘lecher’.