The Anglo-French and Norman-Irish name St. Leger is a French name but ultimately is of Germanic origin. The name St. Leger derives from the pre 7th century Old German personal name Leodegar composed of the elements "liutr" meaning tribe, plus "gari", a spear. St. Leger, a 7th century martyr and bishop of Autun, contributed to the popularity of the name in France. The name was introduced into England by the Normans after 1066, and is first recorded in the 1192 Pipe Rolls of Hampshire. The surname was introduced into Ireland in the 13th Century, where it achieved considerable status. Early examples of the surname recording include Sir Antony St. Leger, the Lord Deputy of Ireland in the year 1540.
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