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

The name Lefler has a long French heritage that first began in the northern region of Normandy. The name is derived from when the family lived in Normandy, in the village of De Flers.

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The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Lefler is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Lafleur, Lafleure, Fleur, Fleure, Flers, Leflers, de Flers, de Fleur, de Fleure, Desfleurs, Fleureau, Fleureaux, Fleurant, Fleurand, Florida and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family was established in early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lefler research. Another 168 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1598, 1696, 1717, 1794, 1803, and 1872 are included under the topic Early Lefler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lefler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Lefler has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Lefler were

Lefler Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Dorothea Lefler, who landed in New York, NY in 1763

Lefler Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Lefler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • George Lefler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Charles Lefler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • Heimrich Lefler, aged 74, who emigrated to America, in 1894

Lefler Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Johann Lefler, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Elizabeth Lefler, aged 0, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Mary Lefler, aged 60, who settled in America from London, England, in 1916
  • Louis Lefler, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Helen Lefler, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1924

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  • Doug Lefler, American film director, screenwriter, film producer and storyboard artist
  • Wade Hampton Lefler (1896-1981), American Major League Baseball player
  • John C. Lefler (b. 1975), American songwriter, singer, guitarist, pianist


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