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Recorded in England in many and varied spelling forms including: Fant, Font, Faint, Faunt, Vant and even Phant, this extraordinary name has had an extraordinary development. It was first introduced into England by the Normans after 1066 and as such derived from the baptismal nickname of endearment L' enfant, meaning the Child. The Medieval English gradually restyled this to Lenfant, then Le Fant, and finally the "modern" spellings without the article "Le". The name is also found in the unrecognizable London District name of "Elephant and Castle" - a strangled form of "Le Infanta di Castille," the daughter of the King of Spain.

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