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SOURCE: Given Name, Nickname & Occupation
OTHER FORMS: Leodegar, Legier, Letcher, Léger, de Leger
CONTRIBUTOR: anonymous on 3/13/2009
Meaning & History
English: from a Norman personal name, Leodegar
, Old French Legier
, of Germanic origin, composed of the elements liut
‘people’, ‘tribe’ + gar
‘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.
Also a variant of Letcher
, in part a deliberate alteration to avoid the association with Middle English lecheor
French: Variation of Léger
. A nickname from léger
Dutch (also de Leger
): occupational name from Middle Dutch legger
‘bailiff’, ‘tax collector’.