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

The name laforge is an ancient French name that was given to a person from Brittany who was a person who worked in a forge or smithy.

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French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name laforge is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Forge, Delaforge, LaForge, Laforge, Forges and others.

First found in Brittany where this distinguished family held a family seat at d'Espinay as members of the aristocratic families of that region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laforge research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1789, 1820, 1870, and 1892 are included under the topic Early laforge History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name laforge has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name laforge were

laforge Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Adrian LaForge settled in New York state in 1672
  • Adriaen LaForge, who arrived in New York in 1672

laforge Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John William LaForge and his wife settled in America in 1709

laforge Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Marie Laforge, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • John LaForge, aged 56, who arrived in America from London, in 1894
  • Jeanne Laforge, aged 22, who arrived in America from Southampton, in 1896
  • Maria Laforge, aged 26, who arrived in America from Southampton, in 1896

laforge Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Paul Laforge, aged 25, who arrived in America from Paris, in 1905
  • Vincent Laforge, aged 31, who arrived in America from Paris, in 1905
  • Frank LaForge, aged 29, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Moses F Laforge, aged 64, who arrived in America, in 1907
  • Charles Louis Laforge, aged 50, who arrived in America from Paris, France, in 1908


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  • Frank La Forge (1879-1953), American pianist and songwriter
  • Louis LaForge, French artist
  • Théophile Édouard Laforge (1863-1918), French violist, the first professor of viola at the Conservatoire de Paris
  • Marc Laforge (b. 1968), Canadian former NHL ice hockey player who played from 1987 to 2001
  • Claude LaForge (b. 1936), retired NHL ice hockey player
  • Bill LaForge (1951-2005), Canadian ice hockey head coach, Head coach of the Vancouver Canucks in 1984
  • Joseph Claude Roger LaForge (b. 1936), Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who played from 1957 to 1973
  • Patrick LaForge (b. 1953), Canadian President and CEO of the Edmonton Oilers


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The laforge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laforge 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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