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Origins Available: English, Irish
The surname laffin is derived from a child. The surname laffin is derived from the French "l'enfant," or perhaps from La Font or La Fin, which are both found in French records.
The surname laffin was first found in counties Tipperary and Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they were granted lands by Strongbow after the invasion of Ireland in 1172.
Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations encountered while researching the name laffin. Some of these variations included: Laffan, Laffin, La Font, Laffhan and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laffin research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early laffin History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early laffin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name laffin:
laffin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
laffin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
laffin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
laffin Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
laffin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vincit omnia veritas
Motto Translation: Truth conquers all things.
The laffin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laffin 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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