lafever History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname lafever 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 lafever family

The surname lafever 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 lafever family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lafever 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 lafever History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lafever 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 lafever 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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lafever migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lafever Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mindart Lafever, who landed in New York in 1715 [2]
lafever Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles A LaFever, who arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Earl La Fever, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1914 aboard the ship "Caracas" from La Guaira, Venezuela [4]
  • Mary La Fever, aged 31, who arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1923 aboard the ship "Calamares" from Cristobal, C. Z. [5]
  • Ethel May Lafever, aged 42, who arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1924 aboard the ship "Cristobal" from Cristobal, C.Z. [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name lafever (post 1700)

  • Minard Lafever (1798-1854), American architect of churches and houses, four of his buildings are National Historic Landmarks
  • Isaac Lafever, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Fulton and Hamilton counties, 1856 [7]

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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFCZ-TZC : 6 December 2014), Charles A LaFever, 05 May 1906; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJSG-MZJ : 6 December 2014), Earl La Fever, 09 Jul 1914; citing departure port La Guaira, Venezuela, arrival port New York, ship name Caracas, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNQX-V4C : 6 December 2014), Mary La Fever, 13 May 1923; citing departure port Cristobal, C. Z., arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Calamares, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNZF-5Y8 : 6 December 2014), Ethel May Lafever, 27 Feb 1924; citing departure port Cristobal, C.Z., arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Cristobal, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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