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

The French name laplante first arose during the Medieval period in Normandy. It is derived from when the family having lived in Normandy at the Seigneury De Planques, from which their name is derived.

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History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name laplante, some of which include Plant, Plante, Le Plant, Le Plante, Planque, Planquette, LaPlante, Laplante, Leplante, Planté, Duplante, Duplantie, Duplantis and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they were formerly seated in the honor of the seigneurie of De Planques in the region of Pas de Calais in the arrondissement of Montreuil sur Mer.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laplante research. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1712, 1834, and 1889 are included under the topic Early laplante History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 laplante 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 laplante were Jean Plante arrived in Quebec from Aunis on the west coast of France in 1650, although this may have been a port of departure rather than his native province..

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  • Debbie LaPlante (b. 1953), American gold and silver medalist hurdler
  • John LaPlante (1953-2007), United States political columnist, news bureau director, and college professor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Joseph Normand Laplante (b. 1965), federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • Mike LaPlante (b. 1966), American college basketball coach who coached Jacksonville State University for eight seasons
  • Lynda La Plante (b. 1946), British screenwriter and actress
  • André Laplante OC (b. 1949), Canadian Juno Award winning and two-time Felix Award winning pianist
  • Darryl Laplante (b. 1977), retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre


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