Lefebvre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Lefebvre is derived from the Old French word "fevre," which meant "a blacksmith," therefore it was originally an occupational name for a smith or a metal worker. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, those derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, were the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Lefebvre family

The surname Lefebvre was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this noble family held a family seat since ancient times.

Throughout the centuries, families of this surname or one of its spelling variations could be found in many regions of France, including Vaud, Genève, Bresse, Lyonnais, Savoie, Dauphiné, Guillaume, and Echallens. Pierre of the Favre family of Lyon was a Consul in Lyon in 1382 and of his descendants, five were Magistrates of Lyon during the 16th century.

In Savoie, Gaspard was the secretary to the Duke in 1470 and one of the Senators of Savoie, as well as the President of the Senate. Guillaume, of Echallens from the county of Vaud, became a burgess, or businessman, in 1508 and his son, François, was one of the founders of the "Independence of Geneva" in 1534. Distinctive among his descendants were State Consuls of Geneva, Officers of State, General Treasurers, and the Lords of Dardagny, Russin, Malval, Confignon, and Châteauvieux, amongst others.

Pierre Lefebvre, born in 1642, son of Olivier and Michelle (née Renou), settled in Quebec in the 17th century. He married Marie-Madeleine Trudel, daughter of Jean and Marguerite (née Thomas), in 1674. The remained together until Pierre passed away at Charlesbourg on 21st November 1727. Pierre's brother, Robert Lefebvre, born in 1633, married Denise Gautier in Quebec on 7th February 1667. They remained together until Denise's death on 7th February 1695. Robert passed away on 3rd February 1703. [1]

Important Dates for the Lefebvre family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lefebvre research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1585, 1650, 1574, 1525, 1600, 1552, 1569, 1700, 1626, 1652, 1706, 1615, 1672, 1667 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Lefebvre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lefebvre Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lefebvre, Lefebvres, Lefevres, Favre, Favres, Fevre, Febvre, Febvres, Favers, Lefabre, Lefabvres, Fabvres, Lefever and many more.

Early Notables of the Lefebvre family (pre 1700)

Notable in the family name at this time was Antoine Favre (d. 1626), Professor at the University of Valence; Jean Le Fèvre (1652-1706), a French astronomer and physicist; Tanneguy Lefebvre (1615-1672), French classical scholar...
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Lefebvre migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lefebvre Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Lefebvre, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718 [2]

Lefebvre migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lefebvre Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Pierre Lefebvre, who landed in Canada in 1646-1647
  • Pierre LeFebvre, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Mr. Pierre Lefebvre, (b. 1631), aged 24, French labourer travelling to Canada to work for François Peron, arriving on 3rd July 1655 [3]
  • Pierre Lefebvre, son of Nicolas and Marie, married Marie Chasteigny, daughter of Nicolas and Catherine, in Quebec on 17th August 1656 [4]
  • Pierre Lefebvre, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
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Lefebvre Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Louis Lefebvre, son of Jean and Nicole, married Angélique Perthuis, daughter of Pierre and Claude, in Montreal, Quebec on 28th September 1700 [4]
  • Jean-Baptiste Lefebvre, son of Simon and Marie-Charlotte, married Geneviève-Françoise Faucher, daughter of Léonard and Marie, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 30th August 1700 [4]
  • Edmond Lefebvre, son of Jean and Nicole, married Marie-Agnès Maufait, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Quebec on 27th September 1700 [4]
  • François Lefebvre, son of Simon and Marie-Charlotte, married Marie-Madeleine Dessere, daughter of Antoine and Mathruine, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 11th January 1703 [4]
  • Charles Lefebvre, son of Claude and Marie, married Marie Plante, daughter of Jean and Mathurine, in Saint-Jean-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 23rd November 1711 [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Lefebvre (post 1700)

  • Jim Lefebvre (b. 1942), American Major League Baseball player and manager
  • Professor Arthur Henry Lefebvre (1923-2003), American pioneering engineer in the development of the jet engine, Professor Cranfield University and Purdue
  • Charles Lefebvre -Desnouettes, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Simon Lefebvre, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [6]
  • Jacques Henri François Lefebvre de Ladonchamp, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [7]
  • Marie Xavier Joseph Lefebvre, Count de Dantzig, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [8]
  • François Joseph Lefebvre, Duke of Dantzig, French Marshall of the Empire during the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [9]
  • Tanneguy Lefebvre (1615-1672), French classical scholar
  • Georges Lefebvre (1874-1959), French historian
  • Henri Lefebvre (1901-1991), French prolific Marxist intellectual
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Lefebvre family

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Paul Georges Lefebvre (d. 1912), aged 35, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [10]
  • Miss Mathilde Franck-Marie-Joseph Lefebvre (d. 1912), aged 12, French Third Class passenger from Lievin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]
  • Miss Jeannie Franck-Marie-Joseph Lefebvre (d. 1912), aged 8, French Third Class passenger from Lievin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]
  • Master Henri Franck-Marie-Joseph Lefebvre (d. 1912), aged 5, French Third Class passenger from Lievin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]
  • Miss Ida Franck-Marie-Joseph Lefebvre (d. 1912), aged 3, French Third Class passenger from Lievin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 8) Charles Lefebvre. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  6. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 8) Simon Lefebvre. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  7. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 8) Jacques Lefebvre. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  8. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 8) Marie Lefebvre. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  9. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 8) François Lefebvre. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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