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Where did the French Lefebvre family come from? What is the French Lefebvre family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lefebvre family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lefebvre family history?

The surname Lefebvre is derived from the Old French word "fevre," which meant "a blacksmith;" as such, it was originally an occupational name for a smith, or metal worker. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, those derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, were the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Lefebvre, Lefebvres, Lefevres, Favre, Favres, Fevre, Febvre, Febvres, Favers, Lefabre, Lefabvres, Fabvres, Lefever and many more.

First found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this noble family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lefebvre research. Another 561 words(40 lines of text) covering the years 1382, 1470, 1508, 1534, 1600, 1585, 1650, 1574, 1525, 1600, 1552, 1569, 1700, 1626, 1652, 1706, 1615, 1672, 1667 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Lefebvre History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 115 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lefebvre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lefebvre Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Pierre Lefebvre, who landed in Canada in 1646-1647
  • Pierre LeFebvre, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Pierre Lefebvre, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
  • Guillaume Lefebvre, aged 25, landed in Quebec in 1673
  • Jean-Baptiste Lefebvre, who arrived in Montreal in 1676

Lefebvre Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Simon Lefebvre, who arrived in Quebec in 1722

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  • Professor Arthur Henry Lefebvre (1923-2003), American pioneering engineer in the development of the jet engine, Professor Cranfield University and Purdue
  • Jim Lefebvre (b. 1942), American Major League Baseball player and manager
  • Georges Lefebvre (1874-1959), French historian
  • Tanneguy Lefebvre (1615-1672), French classical scholar
  • Pierre François Joseph Lefebvre (1755-1820), French soldier
  • Marcel Lefebvre (1905-1991), French Roman Catholic prelate
  • Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1836-1911), French painter
  • Charles-Édouard Lefebvre (1843-1917), French composer
  • Henri Lefebvre (1901-1991), French prolific Marxist intellectual
  • Jean Lefebvre (1922-2004), French actor

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  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  7. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
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The Lefebvre Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lefebvre 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 8 April 2015 at 10:49.

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