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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Southern French : from Occitan l’abat ‘the priest’. Compare Labbe.
  • Southern French : topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, from Gascon dialect la bat ‘the valley’, equivalent of French Lavalle.
  • Southern French : A bearer of the name from Bordeaux, France, was established at Trois Rivières, Quebec, by 1653.

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