The Anchorage 1770, Beaufort, South Carolina

Name the Cottage Contest Part 3! A Little Family HistoryFamilyThe Lesesne Family

As new owners of the Anchorage, we are proud and appreciative of our own family history. As the “Name the Cottage” contest continues into week 3, we thought we would share some of that personal history with you because maybe the winning entry will incorporate part of it to help us leave our own mark on this great property.

Amy Lesesne has a rich Basque heritage as her mom was one of 7 children of Angela and Domingo Zarraonandia. The Zarraonandias landed on Ellis Island in New York harbor in the 1910s directly from Spain. The family initially settled in White Plains, NY, but eventually moved to Miami FL. 

The Zarraonandia name is very famous in their homeland of Bilbao on the coast of Spain. Telmo Zarraonandia (aka Zarra), 1st cousin to Amy’s mother, was one of the most widely recognized athletes in Spanish Soccer history. He scored the famous goal for Spain in the 1950 World Cup when they beat England to reach the finals. He lead the Spanish 1st division in scoring for 6 seasons, and his 38 goal season in 1951 was the highest total in Spain’s top division until it was broken by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2011. The Zarra Trophy is given to the top goal scorer each year in Spain (read more about Zarra here: 

Frank’s family, the Lesesnes came from France. Isaac Lesesne was a French Huguenot that landed on Daniel Island near Charleston around 1700. Lesesne eventually acquired enough land on the island to start a small plantation called “The Grove.” 

Back in France Christofe Le Sesne de Menille had become a lord by marriage in 1665, and inherited the 14th century Chateau de Ranton as castle that remained in the Le Sesne family until it was sold in 1776. Coincidentally, the castle now serves as a 12 room inn. To read more about Isaac and the Lesesnes go to:

Maybe there is a word or phrase in the Basque or French language that would be appropriate for the name of the cottage?

The contest will end on May 15th and you may enter as many times as you'd like. The link to enter is

Our first blog post about the contest is here

Our second blog post about the contest is here

 Keep the entries coming!