NEW YORK CITY, NY – After years of research and delving into archival history, historians at the New York Historical Society were today surprised to learn that Marquis de Lafayette was primarily known as “Laffy”.
Historians have found that the name was given to him by friends, family and co-workers because he was “a pretty chill guy” who was “easy-going and always down for a good time”.
The finding was made after members of the society delved through historical documents related to Laffy including diary entries, receipts and MySpace entries.
“It’s a pretty interesting find”, said historian Mark Brier, “It’s cool to know that even the most prominent figures in history had nicknames that sound like it was given to them by frat brothers.
We’ve found numerous entries of his military brothers saying things like “Yo, Laffy, what’s up dude? Ready to put that ass to work?!” and “Hey, Laffy, y’all coming chill tonight?”. He was also apparently a huge proponent of the term ‘Live, Love, Laffy’.
We’re excited by what we’ve found and we hope to find more examples of this.”
The group are also looking into tenuous stories that other historical Louisiana figures also had chill names. Stories claim that Jean Laffite was known as “J-Laf” and that Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville was known as “Bappy”.
The group are expected to publish their complete findings later this month.