Lafave Family History
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Lafave Name Meaning
North American variant of French Lefevre, the most common name in French-speaking Canada. As the vocabulary word fèvre ‘smith’ was replaced by forgeron, the meaning of the old word became opaque, and the name was reinterpreted by French Canadian immigrants as Lafève, from fève ‘(fava) bean’ (see Bean). Lafève would be heard as Lafave by English ears.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press