Large Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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This unusual surname of English and French origin is a nickname for a generous person acquiring from the Middle English, Old French “large” meaning “generous”, “free”, from the Latin “largus” “abundant”.  More common variations are: Largie, Largey, Larage, Laorge, Larege, Largee, Laurge, Laerge, Larrge, Lawrge.

The surname Large first appeared in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very early times. The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Geoffrey Large,  dated 1204-1205,   in the “Pipe Rolls of Northamptonshire”. It was during the reign of King John, who was known as “Lackland”, dated 1199-1216.

Individuals with the surname Large landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in 17th, and 19th.  Some of the people with the name Large who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included William Large, who settled in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1630.  Mrs Large, who settled in Massachusetts in 1635.  William Large, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635.  William Large, who came to Virginia in 1635.  Robert Large, who settled in Virginia in 1643. Some of the people with the surname Large who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Daniel Large, who arrived in America in 1807.  Charles, Christopher, and Daniel Large, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1813 and 1844.  F. F. Large, who settled in San Francisco in 1850.  Ann Henson Large, who landed in New York in 1853.  Mary Large, who landed in New York in 1853.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Argent a bend azure between three mullets gules. Crest—A demi savage holding a sheaf of arrows in the dexter hand, and pointing with the sinister to a ducal coronet all proper.
2) (Fun. Ent. Ulster’s Office, 1608, John Large, born in Picardy). Argent a chevron vert, over all a lion rampant sable armed and langued gules.

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