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

Similar surnames: Lefave, Lafaver, Larive, Ladage, Laake, Lalande, Lagrave, Lahaye

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Lafave Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Lafave name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Lafave. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • France


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


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Lafave Family Origin

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Lafave Family Occupations

What did your Lafave ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Lafave family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lafave. The most common Lafave occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of Lafave's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Blacksmith

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Lafave ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Lafave Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Lafave. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lafave census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 449 immigration records available for the last name Lafave. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Lafave. For the veterans among your Lafave ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lafave Life Expectancy

What is the average Lafave lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Lafave life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Lafave in 1944 was 45, and 67 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lafave ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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