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What does Lafayette mean?

Lafayette Pronunciation of Lafayette [lafayette] as a boys' name is pronounced lah-fay-ETT. It is of French origin. May derive from "foi", meaning "faith". Historical: the Marquis de Lafayette, a French nobleman, was only 20 when he came to serve four years in the American Revolutionary cause. When he returned to America, he was welcomed as a hero.

Associated with: nobleman, hero.


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Middle name pairings:
Lafayette Declan (L.D.), ..

How popular is Lafayette?

Lafayette is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#12009 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Lafayette reached its peak rank of #383 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lafayette name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lafayette outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Barrette, Fayette and Lavante. Like Lafayette, these names are not commonly used.