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Type Surname (from location)
Pronounced Pron. la-flɛʃ(Quebec French)  [key]
Other Forms FormsLaflèche, LaFlesh, LaFlasche, Richer dit Laflèche

Meaning & History

Anglicization of the name "Richer dit Laflèche." Richer comes from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + hari, heri ‘army.' Laflèche is a reference to La Flèche, a town in historical Anjou, France. The original bearer of this name was Pierre Richer dit Laflèche, an early immigrant to New France, the son of Jean Richer of La Flèche, France, and who adopted this secondary surname with reference to his father's place of birth. "La flèche" translates to "the arrow" in French.
Added 11/4/2021 by tfxh5
Edited 11/5/2021 by tfxh5