The Legge Name History
Recorded as Legg, Legge, Leggs, Legges, and Legis,
this name is English but perhaps with a dash of Viking.
It may be of early medieval English from the word "legg",
and probably used as a nickname for someone
with long legs or who is a swift runner.
The name may be of Anglo-Saxon origin, as a variant of Leigh,
the name of many places in England.
This is from the pre 600s AD word "leah",
meaning a clearing in a wood.
George Legge (1648 - 1691), the first Baron Dartmouth,
is a notable Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Fleet,
whilst Christopher Legg, aged 19 years, is an early emigrant
to the New World, having travelled to Virginia aboard
the "Primrose" in July 1635.
The first recorded spelling is that of Alueredus Leg
(1176, in Gloucestershire) during the reign of King Henry II,
known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189.
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