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Lefebvre (French: [ləfɛvʁ]) is a common northern French surname. It is also spelled Lefèvre and is used in the related forms Lefeuvre (Western France) and Lefébure (North, Normandy).

In the Occitan and Arpitan extension area, the variation is Fabre, Favre, Faure, Favret, Favrette or Dufaure and in Corsica Fabri (cf. Italian Fabbri, Fabri). In Celtic speaking Britanny, the name is Le Goff(ic), with the article LE to translate Breton AR.

For Anglophone pronunciation purposes, the name has evolved, especially in the United States and Anglophone regions of Canada mainly by Acadians, among whom it is also a common surname, to LaFave, LeFave, Lefever and Lafevre, as well as other variant spellings. The English surname Feaver is also derived from Lefebvre.

The name derives from faber, the Latin word for "craftsman", "worker" used in Late Latin in Gaul to mean smith. Many northern French surnames (especially in Normandy) are used with the definite masculine article as a prefix (Lefebvre, Lefèvre; archaic spellings are Le Febvre), with the partitive article as a prefix (Dufaure) in the south of France, or without article/prefix (Favre, Faure) in the south of France, but the meaning is the same.[1]

It may refer to:

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  1. ^ Albert Dauzat, Jean Dubois, Henri Mitterand, Noms et prénoms de France, Larousse 1981. New full-filled edition by Marie-Thérèse Morlet.