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lanphier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name lanphier is from the Languedoc region of southern France, it came from the ancient Greek personal name Petros and the Biblical name Peter, meaning rock.


Early Origins of the lanphier family


The surname lanphier was first found in Languedoc where this impressive family held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the lanphier family


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Another 490 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1116, 1200, 1217, 1286, 1380, 1462, 1500, 1540, 1548, 1550, 1557, 1600, 1697, 1700, 1771, 1776, 1784, and 1788 are included under the topic Early lanphier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lanphier Spelling Variations


History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name lanphier, some of which include Pierre, Pierres, De Pierre, De Pierres, Pyerre, Pyerres, De Pyerre, De Pyerres, Lapierre, Lapierres, La Pierre, La Pierres, La Pyerre, La Pyerres, Lanphere, Lanpher, Lanphier and many more.

Early Notables of the lanphier family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the lanphier family to the New World and Oceana


France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name lanphier were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name lanphier were Jean Pierre, aged 20, who settled in Louisiana in 1719; Dominick Pierre, aged 28, who came to New Orleans in 1820; Noel Pierre, aged 26, who arrived in New Orleans in 1821.

Contemporary Notables of the name lanphier (post 1700)


  • Fay Elinora Lanphier (1905-1959), American model, Miss California in 1924 and Miss America in 1925
  • Thomas George Lanphier Jr. (1915-1987), American colonel and fighter pilot during World War II, son of Thomas George Lanphier
  • Thomas George Lanphier Sr. (1890-1972), American major in the United States Army, Commanding Officer of Selfridge Field, Michigan (1924-1926)
  • Thomas G. Lanphier, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories

The lanphier 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: Armé pour le roi
Motto Translation: Armed for the king


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