From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished lafrance family. Originally, the people of this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to be "fixed" or hereditary. One of the types of names adopted as surnames, were habitational names; those derived from place names. The lafrance surname was likely first used by someone who held lands belonging to the French king, or perhaps for someone from the Île de France. A habitational name was often used for someone who had moved away from the place after which they were named. This name was sometimes used by soldiers in the feudal
period. In French Canada, it was used as secondary "dit" name.
Early Origins of the lafrance family
The surname lafrance was first found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in northern France, where this celebrated family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the lafrance family
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lafrance Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Lafrance, Lafrence, Lafrense, Lafrensse, Lafronce, Lafransse, Lafranse, Lafronse, Lafronsse, France, Francès, Frence, Frenche, Lefrance, Lefranche, Le France, La Franse, French, Frances, Lafrence, Lafrench and many more.
Early Notables of the lafrance family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the lafrance family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
lafrance Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jacques LaFrance, who arrived in Louisiana in 1733
- Peter LaFrance, who arrived in New England in 1753 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
lafrance Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Pierre LaFrance, a French soldier on record in Quebec in 1665
lafrance Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Francois Lafrance, who arrived in Montreal in 1712
- Mathieu Lafrance, who arrived in Quebec in 1752
Contemporary Notables of the name lafrance (post 1700)
- Noémie Lafrance (b. 1973), Canadian-born, American Grammy Award nominated choreographer
- George LaFrance (b. 1965), American former Arena Football League offensive specialist
- Urgele Lafrance (1875-1942), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Plainfield, 1909-10 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Leonard Joseph "Leo" LaFrance (1902-1993), Canadian professional ice hockey forward, nicknamed "The Flying Frenchman"
- Adelard Henry "Adie, Del" Lafrance (1912-1995), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
- Paul Lafrance, Canadian television personality on HGTV Canada, known for his work on Decked Out and Deck Wars
- Yvon Lafrance (b. 1944), Canadian politician, Member of the National Assembly of Quebec (1989-1994)
- David LaFrance May (1943-2012), American Major League Baseball outfielder, inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame (1984)