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laffman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The surname laffman is derived from a child. The surname laffman is derived from the French "l'enfant," or perhaps from La Font or La Fin, which are both found in French records.

Early Origins of the laffman family


The surname laffman 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.

Early History of the laffman family


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laffman Spelling Variations


During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations for the name: Laffan, Laffin, La Font, Laffhan and others.

Early Notables of the laffman family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the laffman family to the New World and Oceana


Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name laffman: John Laffan, whose marriage was recorded in Nova Scotia in 1815; Patrick Laffin, who was recorded in Boston in 1818; Edward Laffin, along with his sister Mary and brother Peter, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1805.

The laffman Motto


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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