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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • French (Léger) and English : from the Germanic personal name Leodegar (see Ledger).
  • French : nickname from léger ‘light’, ‘superficial’.
  • English : see Letcher.
  • Dutch (also de Leger) : occupational name from Middle Dutch legger, ligger ‘bailiff’, ‘tax collector’.
  • A Leger from Normandy, France, was in Quebec City by 1644; another was in Montreal by 1659. One from Limousin, France, was in Quebec City by 1691; another, from Paris, was there by 1706; and a third, from Poitou, France, arrived in 1711.

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