Show ContentsLafont History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Lafont is derived from a child. The surname Lafont 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 Lafont family

The surname Lafont 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 Lafont family

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Lafont 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 Lafont family (pre 1700)

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Lafont Ranking

In France, the name Lafont is the 506th most popular surname with an estimated 8,877 people with that name. [1]

United States Lafont migration to the United States +

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 Lafont:

Lafont Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alejandro Lafont, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1870 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lafont (post 1700) +

  • Elie Lafont, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [3]
  • Bernadette Lafont (1938-2013), French Cesar Award winning actress who appeared in more than 120 films
  • Lieutenant-General Michel-Laurent Lafont (1874-1961), French General Officer Comanding 18th Military Region (1940) [4]

The Lafont 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.

  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. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 25) Elie Lafont. Retrieved from
  4. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) Michel-Laurent Lafont. Retrieved from on Facebook