Recorded in a variety of spellings including Lago, Lagoe, Leagoe, Lego, Legoe, Leigo, Legouet, Legoueix, possibly Lugo, and probably others, this is a diminutive surname of ancient French and possibly pre 10th century origins. It is believed to derive from the words 'Le goi' and be either a nickname for a descendant of a person who lived on a steep hill, or one who had sharp facial features. In England where it is recorded from at least the latter half of the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st (1558 - 1603), it would seem to have been a Huguenot Protestant surname, a victim of the vicious religious civil war between the Roman Cathlics and the Protestants which started in France in earnest in 1580, and raged in that country on and off - for nearly two hundred years. This was a serious distraction at a time when France was seeking world supremecy. Either way many thousands of highly skilled artisans particularly in textiles and engineering fled the country, and helped to initiate the industrial revolution which propelled the British Isles into a world lead which they held until late Victorian times. Interestingly the spelling as Lego is today most associated with Denmark, where the toy company of that name remains as a market leader. Does the Danish Lego group hail from France or from England? Danish surnames are several centuries later than Britain or France, and overwhelmingly patronymics. The French Revolution of 1789 - 1794 lead to the destruction of almost all early French registers, many dating back to the 14th century as 'instruments of the King's secret police'. English registers were introduced nationally on the orders of King Henry V111th (1510 -1547). They generally date from 1535, although a few are much earlier. They are now recognised as the earliest mass recording system in the world. Examples of this surname from France include Ferdinand Le Go who married Georgette Pierson at Meurthe-et- Moselle, on April 20th 1681.Earlier in the city of London Registers we have Richard Lego, a christening witness at the church of St Mary Abchurch on October 17th 1579, Thomas Lagoe who married Susan Harwood at All Hallows, London Wall, on October 26th 1637, and Sara Lago who was christened at St Matthews, Bethnal Green, on June 7th 1856.