Lafayette Origin and Meaning

The name Lafayette is a boy's name of French origin meaning "faith".

Foppish name with a distinguished forebear, French general Marquis de Lafayette, who fought in the American Revolution. It accounts for the L in L. Ron Hubbard. Old-time short form: Fayette or Fate.

# 961 in the US

Lafayette Rank in US Top 1000

# 1448 on Nameberry

Lafayette Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Lafayette Popularity

Famous People Named Lafayette

  • Lafayette Ronald "L. Ron" HubbardAmerican author and founder of Scientology
  • MarieJoseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette, Marquis de La Fayette , French aristocrat and hero of the American Revolution
  • Lafayette YoungU.S. Senator from Iowa
  • Lafayette Sabine FosterU.S. Senator from Connecticut
  • Lafayette Curry BakerAmerican investigator and Civil War spy
  • Lafayette GuildU.S. Civil War surgeon and yellow fever pioneer
  • Lafayette LaneU.S. Congressman from Oregon
  • LaFayette "Fayette" McMullenU.S. Congressman from Virginia; 2nd governor of Washington Territory
  • Lafayette Benedict MendelAmerican biochemist
  • Lafayette "Fat" LeverAmerican basketball player
  • Lafayette H. "Reb" RussellAmerican NFL football player

Lafayette in Pop Culture

  • Lafayette Reynoldscharacter on TV's "True Blood"
  • Lafayettehound dog in Disney's "The AristoCats"
  • Lafayette Kettle"Secretary of the Watertoast Institution, of presumptuous ignorance and unabashed vulgarity," in "Martin Chuzzlewit" (1844) by Charles Dickens
  • Lafayette Joynergrandfather to George Webber in Thomas Wolfe's "You Can't Go Home Again" (1941)
  • LafayetteLouisiana (pronounced "la,fee,ETT" , first syllable sounds like the word "laugh")