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Lafayette Family History

Lafayette Name Meaning
Southern French: diminutive of Lafaye, a topographic name for someone living near a beech tree or beech wood, from Old French fage, variant of fou ‘beech’ (Latin fagus).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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42,909 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
10,106 Military Records
541 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Lafayette Families

  • Number of Lafayette families
     16 - 29
     6 - 15
     1 - 5
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Lafayette last name
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Lafayette families
     3 - 4
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Lafayette Family Origin

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Lafayette Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Lafayette

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Lafayette Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Lafayette Civil War Service Records

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