First name origin & meaning:
First name variations: Lavan
Last name origins & meanings:
- North German: variant of Labahn.
- Possibly an
altered spelling of Hungarian Labanc, a nickname for a
pro-Austrian soldier who fought against the Hungarians in the
independence wars in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. This
derogatory nickname derived from the Hungarian lobonc ‘unkempt
hair’, referring the long hair of the Habsburg soldiers. Later the
name became a vocabulary word denoting a foot soldier or a rough
strong man. See also Kurucz.
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