Okay, I need to breathe now. My dearest librarian Linda (million of thanks, Linda!) has confirmed from her copy of ‘Visitation of Ireland’ that Thomas Langlois Lefroy’s eldest daughter was indeed named ‘Jane’. Her complete name?
Jane Christmas Lefroy. Born
Tom Lefroy first met Jane Austen during the 1795 Christmas holiday in Hampshire. Daughter Jane was NOT born in December (nor conceived in December for that matter, that would be in October…), hence the ‘Christmas’ MUST BE referring to Jane Austen!
Oh, I cannot breathe… help… Tom Lefroy indeed named his first daughter after Jane Austen…
Jane Lefroy's date of birth will also confirm that the movie Becoming Jane was more or less correct with Jane Lefroy's age. In the movie, she was portrayed as a teenager, circa 15 years old. If the movie Tom Lefroy met Jane Austen again circa 1816, thus Tom's daughter Jane would be around 13-14 years old then.
A bit off topic: on the other side of
Closing the post, herewith I give you a piece of Paul Simon's song 'Father and Daughter' which I think portrays Tom Lefroy and his Jane Christmas so much:
I'm gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you'll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Who loved his daughter more than I love you
Howard, J. J. & Crisp, F. A. 1973, Visitation of Ireland, Genealogical Publishing Com.
Pic 1: Snow Child, by Hilda Boswell (flipped horizontally)
Pic 2: Steventon at Christmas, by Jane Odiwe
PS 15 June 2008:
Please see this post on Mary Paul's genealogy to find the traditional reason behind Jane Christmas' name.