Lanphear Surname Origin
'Lann-feur,' Gaelic, grass-land; Lann-fear, a pike-man. Lann, an inclosure; a house; a church; land; a sword. Feur, grass; fear, a man.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Lanphear Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Lanphear family history than the origin of your surname:
A Lanphear Family History Thought:
'If you would not be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy of reading,
Or do things worthy of writing.' --Benjamin Franklin, May 1738
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