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Where did the Irish laffin family come from? What is the Irish laffin family crest and coat of arms? When did the laffin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the laffin family history?

The surname laffin is derived from a child. The surname laffin is derived from the French "l'enfant," or perhaps from La Font or La Fin, which are both found in French records.


Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations encountered while researching the name laffin. Some of these variations included: Laffan, Laffin, La Font, Laffhan and others.

First found in counties Tipperary and Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they were granted lands by Strongbow after the invasion of Ireland in 1172.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laffin research. Another 309 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early laffin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early laffin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name laffin:

laffin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Laffin, who was recorded in Boston in 1818
  • Ernest and Henry Laffin, who settled in Texas in 1850
  • William I. Laffin, aged 45, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • Martin Laffin, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1896
  • John Laffin, aged 21, who emigrated to America, in 1896

laffin Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary Laffin, aged 38, who landed in America from Dundalk, England, in 1907
  • Lily Laffin, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Dundalk, England, in 1907
  • Gertrude Laffin, aged 34, who settled in Providence, R. I., in 1908
  • Agnes Laffin, aged 25, who settled in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1909
  • Richard F. Laffin, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909


  • James Laffin, Irish Artist
  • Paul Laffin, Northern Irish former political research advisor in the European Parliament
  • John Laffin (1922-2000), Australian military historian
  • Dominique Laffin (1952-1985), French actress who appeared in 19 films, nominated for the César Award for Best Actress


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vincit omnia veritas
Motto Translation: Truth conquers all things.


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The laffin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laffin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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