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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Lafayette mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Lafayette

"Lafayette" is a name of French origin, and it means "From the Land of the Beech Tree". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun La`fa`yette"
The dollar fish.A market fish, the goody, or spot (Liostomus xanthurus), of the southern coast of the United States.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A university town in west central Indiana on the Wabash River
  2. A town in south central Louisiana; settled by Acadians
  3. French soldier who served under George Washington in the American Revolution (1757-1834)
Wiktionary

French surname from Occitan, "the little beech tree".

  1. Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette (1757 – 1834), a French aristocrat who is considered a national hero in both France and the United States for his participation in the French and American revolutions.
  2. Any of a number of U.S. places named for the Marquis de La Fayette, including a large city in Louisiana.
  3. (US) A male given name, originally in honor of the Marquis.

Notable Persons Named Lafayette

L. Ron Hubbard was an author and religious leader. L. was given the name Lafayette Ronald Hubbard on March 13th, 1911 in Tilden, Nebraska, United States. He left this life on January 24th, 1986.

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Ronald was given the name Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, Jr. by his parents L. Ron Hubbard and Margaret Grubb on May 5th, 1934 in Encinitas, California. Ronald is also known as Nibs" Hubbard. He breathed his last breath on September 16th, 1991.

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Lafayette was born on July 23rd, 1919. He left this life on May 30th, 1991.

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Lafayette McLaws is a military person. His military service ended in 1842.

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Lafayette was born on June 1st, 1919. He left this life on August 14th, 1990.

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Lafayette Sabine Foster was a Mayor of Norwich. He was most prominent from 1865 to 1867. Lafayette was born on November 22nd, 1806 in Franklin, Connecticut, US. He breathed his last breath on September 19th, 1880.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lafayette

Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette is an estates-general of 1789, national assembly (french revolution), chamber of representatives (france), and chamber of deputies (france). His military service ended in 1792.

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James Armistead Lafayette was a spy. James was given the name James Armistead on December 10th, 1760 in New Kent County, Virginia, or Elizabeth City. He died on August 9th, 1830.

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Adrienne was born on November 2nd, 1759. She left this life on December 24th, 1807.

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Bernard was born on July 29th, 1940.

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Oliver Lafayette is a basketball player for the Correcaminos UAT Victoria, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Erie BayHawks, Boston Celtics, KK Partizan, Maccabi Ashdod B.C., Asseco Gdynia, Anadolu Efes S.K., and BC Žalgiris in the Lega Basket Serie A and Euroleague. He has been prominent since 2007. Oliver was born on May 6th, 1984 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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The Great Lafayette was a magic (illusion) and illusionist. He was most prominent from 1890 to 1911. The was given the name Sigmund Neuberger on February 25th, 1871 in Munich, Germany. The is also known as Great Lafayette and The. He died on May 9th, 1911.

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How popular is the baby name Lafayette in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 22 0 22
1881 21 0 21
1882 20 0 20
1883 11 0 11
1884 27 0 27
1885 23 0 23
1886 27 0 27
1887 24 0 24
1888 19 0 19
1889 16 0 16
1890 12 0 12
1891 8 0 8
1892 18 0 18
1893 9 0 9
1894 19 0 19
1895 23 0 23
1896 14 0 14
1897 18 0 18
1898 15 0 15
1899 9 0 9
1900 17 0 17
1901 5 0 5
1902 13 0 13
1903 13 0 13
1904 13 0 13
1905 8 0 8
1906 10 0 10
1907 21 0 21
1908 17 0 17
1909 11 0 11
1910 15 0 15
1911 13 0 13
1912 35 0 35
1913 41 0 41
1914 43 0 43
1915 51 0 51
1916 54 0 54
1917 65 0 65
1918 79 0 79
1919 66 5 61
1920 67 0 67
1921 86 0 86
1922 69 0 69
1923 53 0 53
1924 63 0 63
1925 60 0 60
1926 48 0 48
1927 43 0 43
1928 41 0 41
1929 46 0 46
1930 43 0 43
1931 56 0 56
1932 47 0 47
1933 60 0 60
1934 76 5 71
1935 49 0 49
1936 64 0 64
1937 51 0 51
1938 45 0 45
1939 41 0 41
1940 44 0 44
1941 49 0 49
1942 46 0 46
1943 37 0 37
1944 39 0 39
1945 54 0 54
1946 54 0 54
1947 45 0 45
1948 57 0 57
1949 54 0 54
1950 54 0 54
1951 56 0 56
1952 52 0 52
1953 52 0 52
1954 50 0 50
1955 61 0 61
1956 55 0 55
1957 38 0 38
1958 45 0 45
1959 36 0 36
1960 43 0 43
1961 48 0 48
1962 63 5 58
1963 54 0 54
1964 37 0 37
1965 50 0 50
1966 39 0 39
1967 56 0 56
1968 46 0 46
1969 35 0 35
1970 40 0 40
1971 34 0 34
1972 54 0 54
1973 55 0 55
1974 48 6 42
1975 26 0 26
1976 32 0 32
1977 37 0 37
1978 46 0 46
1979 36 0 36
1980 36 0 36
1981 42 0 42
1982 28 0 28
1983 29 0 29
1984 29 0 29
1985 47 0 47
1986 29 0 29
1987 36 0 36
1988 33 0 33
1989 33 0 33
1990 33 0 33
1991 35 0 35
1992 29 0 29
1993 29 0 29
1994 37 0 37
1995 31 0 31
1996 25 0 25
1997 27 0 27
1998 23 0 23
1999 20 0 20
2000 15 0 15
2001 16 0 16
2002 9 0 9
2003 18 0 18
2004 14 0 14
2005 14 0 14
2006 14 0 14
2007 16 0 16
2008 11 0 11
2009 12 0 12
2010 13 0 13
2011 15 0 15
2012 19 0 19
2013 18 0 18
2014 14 0 14
2015 10 0 10
2016 14 0 14
2017 8 0 8

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Popularity of Lafayette as a first name

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Popularity of Lafayette as a last name

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Common last names for Lafayette

  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Davis
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Walker
  • Carter
  • Lee

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lafayette U.S.
  White 54.84% 64.26%
  African American 36.37% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.85% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.31% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.93% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lafayette

People with the last name Lafayette are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Lafayette

  • What name lists does Lafayette rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Lafayette? Lafayette is the 3,894th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lafayette was the 12,035th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lafayette have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,791 babies born with the first name Lafayette in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lafayette to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lafayette? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 22 new born babies.
  • When was Lafayette first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lafayette is Sunday, October 4th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Lafayette born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lafayette was in 1921 with a total of 86 babies.
  • Random Lafayette Factoid: According to the 1925 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lafayette is not a popular baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1925.
  • Weird things about the name Lafayette: Your name in reverse order is Etteyafal. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aelatfeyt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lafayette? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,593 people with the last name Lafayette.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lafayette? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Lafayette as their last name since less than 1 person in 114k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.