The name Leforge is an ancient French name that was given to a person from Brittany
who was a person who worked in a forge or smithy.
Early Origins of the Leforge family
The surname Leforge was first found in Brittany
where this distinguished family held a family seat
at d'Espinay as members of the aristocratic families of that region.
Early History of the Leforge family
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Leforge Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Leforge is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Forge, Delaforge, LaForge, Laforge, Forges and others.
Early Notables of the Leforge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leforge family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Leforge has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Leforge were Andre Laforge who settled in Quebec in 1761 from Normandy; Adrian LaForge settled in New York state in 1672; John William LaForge and his wife settled in America in 1709..