What Does Lafayette Mean?


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The name Lafayette is of French origin. It means either faith or comprehensive. Lafayette is actually an amalgamation of two words in French "La" and "Fayette". Though it is spelt in its combined form in the United States it is spelt in two parts in France. The word "La" is actually the article "the" in French and "Fayette" in the Old French means "little fairy". It is not a very popular first name but is comparatively more popular as a last name. Several places numbering more than thirty in the United States are also named Lafayette. Eight educational institutions in the United States also bear this name.

The name is best known as the name of The "Marquis de La Fayette" who participated in both the American and French revolutions. In America on his return he received a hero's welcome.

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