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Origins Available: French, Irish


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.

lafont Early Origins



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.

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lafont Spelling Variations


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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.

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lafont Early History


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lafont Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lafont research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early lafont History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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lafont Early Notables (pre 1700)


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lafont Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name lafont (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name lafont (post 1700)



  • Elie Lafont, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • 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)

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
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    The lafont Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lafont 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 March 2015 at 12:26.

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