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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.

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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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early laffin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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

  • Patrick Laffin, who was recorded in Boston in 1818
  • Ernest and Henry Laffin, who settled in Texas in 1850
  • William I. Laffin, aged 45, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • Martin Laffin, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1896
  • John Laffin, aged 21, who emigrated to America, in 1896

laffin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary Laffin, aged 38, who landed in America from Dundalk, England, in 1907
  • Lily Laffin, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Dundalk, England, in 1907
  • Gertrude Laffin, aged 34, who settled in Providence, R. I., in 1908
  • Agnes Laffin, aged 25, who settled in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1909
  • Richard F. Laffin, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
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laffin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Laffin, along with his sister Mary and brother Peter, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1805
  • Peter Laffin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1806
  • Mary Laffin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1808

laffin Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Clara F. Laffin, aged 54, who emigrated to Milton, Nova Scotia, in 1916

laffin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Laffin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
  • Margaret Laffin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
  • Joshua Laffin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
  • Eliza Laffin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
  • Lucy Laffin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
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  • Paul Laffin, Northern Irish former political research advisor in the European Parliament
  • James Laffin, Irish Artist
  • Dominique Laffin (1952-1985), French actress who appeared in 19 films, nominated for the César Award for Best Actress
  • John Laffin (1922-2000), Australian military historian
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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.

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    Other References

    1. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    4. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
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