Show ContentsLafreniere History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Lafreniere, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Lafreniere, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Bourgoigne. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Lafreniere family originally lived in the village of Fresne, in the province of Bourgoigne.

Early Origins of the Lafreniere family

The surname Lafreniere was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family held a family seat in early times.

This family can be traced back to Thibaut, the lord of Fresnes, who was in the service of the duke of Burgundy with eight horsemen, in 1358. The members of this family also settled in other regions of France. One branch was formed in Fresnières, a village in the department of Oise, in the district of Compiègne, in Picardy.

Some members of the different family branches became prominent through their contributions to their respective communities. Claude de Fresne was the lord of Fresne and of Fleurey, in 1472. Among his descendents were: Étienne, a knight of Malte, the commander of Vaufranche, in Berry, during the 16th century; Chrétien, the captain of one hundred men-at-arms, who was killed during the battle at Saint-Quintin; François, the captain of Montbard; another François, a battle marshal in 1652, a captain of the Château of Montreal; and René, a sea captain, who was married in 1689. The family became even more prominent through alliances with other important families of the day, such as the Thiron, the Languet, the Chalon, the Viesse and the la Loge families.

Early History of the Lafreniere family

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Lafreniere Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lafrenière, Lafrenierre, Lafrennière, Lefrenier, Frenier, Frener, Frenet, Frenais, Frenaison, Frenois, la Fresnaye, Fresnay and many more.

Early Notables of the Lafreniere family

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Lafreniere World Ranking

In the United States, the name Lafreniere is the 8,372nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1 However, in Canada, the name Lafreniere is ranked the 634th most popular surname with an estimated 8,181 people with that name. 2 And in Quebec, Canada, the name Lafreniere is the 302nd popular surname. 3

United States Lafreniere migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lafreniere Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicolas LaFrenière, who was living in Louisiana in 1706
Lafreniere Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Eboina Lafreniere, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • John Lafreniere, aged 51, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Edmond Lafreniere, aged 37, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1920
  • Noe Lafreniere, aged 50, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Lafreniere (post 1700) +

  • Paul J. LaFreniere, American politician, Mayor of Marquette, Michigan, 1971 4
  • Earl M. LaFreniere, American politician, Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Dickinson County, 1933 4
  • Amedie B. Lafreniere, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 3rd District, 1906 4
  • Réjean Lafrenière (1935-2016), Canadian politician, Member of the National Assembly of Quebec from 1989 to 2007, Mayor of Lac-Sainte-Marie, Quebec from 1967 to 1989
  • Anouk Renière Lafrenière (b. 1983), Canadian synchronized swimmer
  • Roger Joseph Lafreniere (b. 1942), retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman
  • Robert B. Lafrenière (b. 1924), Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Jason Lafreniere (b. 1966), Canadian retired professional ice hockey player

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  2. "Surnames Meanings, Origins & Distribution Maps - Forebears." Forebears,
  3. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook