The name Leflore has a long French heritage that first began in the northern region of Normandy
. The name is derived from when the family lived in Normandy
, in the village of De Flers.
Early Origins of the Leflore family
The surname Leflore was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family was established in early times.
Early History of the Leflore family
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Leflore Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations
of this name, Leflore some of which are Lafleur, Lafleure, Fleur, Fleure, Flers, Leflers, de Flers, de Fleur, de Fleure, Desfleurs, Fleureau, Fleureaux, Fleurant, Fleurand, Florida and many more.
Early Notables of the Leflore family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leflore family to the New World and Oceana
Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Leflore has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Leflore were Jean Fleurant, who arrived in Quebec in 1656; M. La Fleur, who was living in Fort Louis de la Mobile in Louisiana, in the year 1711; M. La Fleur, a wagon maker, who was living in New Orleans in 1725.
Contemporary Notables of the name Leflore (post 1700)
- John L. LeFlore (1903-1976), American civil rights leader and politician who was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives (1974-1976)
- Basil LeFlore (1811-1886), Governor of the Choctaw nation (1860 to 1875)
- Greenwood LeFlore (1800-1865), Principal Chief of the Choctaw nation in 1830
- Ronald LeFlore (b. 1948), American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1974 through 1982, his life was the inspiration of the TV movie One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (1978)