From French place names derived from beau
"beautiful" and chêne
From various French place names derived from beau
"beautiful" and fort
"strong place, fortress".
From various French place names derived from beau
"beautiful" and lieu
Means "white" in French. The name referred to a person who was pale, or whose hair was blond.
Nickname for a wine drinker, from Old French boi
"to drink" and vin
Derived from Old French bon fils
meaning "good son".
From Old French bonne heure
meaning "good time", or "lucky".
From Frankish bord
meaning "board, plank". This name belonged to a person who lived in a house made of planks.
Referred to a person who cleared land, from Old French briser
"to cut" and bois
From Old French burel
, diminutive of bure
, a type of woolen cloth. It may have originated as a nickname for a person who dressed in the material or as an occupational name for someone who worked with it.
From a diminutive of the Old French word chape
meaning "cloak, hood". The name referred to a person who made, sold or often wore cloaks.
Derived from a diminutive form of French charbon
"charcoal", a nickname for a person with black hair or a dark complexion.
Meant "cart" in Old French, used to denote a carter or a cartwright.
From Old French castan
"chestnut tree" (Latin castanea
), a name for someone who lived near a particular chestnut tree, or possibly a nickname for someone with chestnut-coloured hair.
From a nickname derived from French chevalier
meaning "knight", itself from cheval
meaning "horse", ultimately from Latin caballus
From a diminutive of chèvre
meaning "goat", indicating a person who cultivated goats.
Derived from French clou
meaning "nail", referring to someone who made or sold nails.
Indicated a person from Franche-Comté, a province in eastern France, which translates to "free county".
Originally denoted one who came from Aramits, a town in the French Pyrenees Mountains named for the abbey it grew around.
Americanized form of French de Garmeaux
, which may derive from a place called Garmeaux in Normandy.
Means "of the cross" in French. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol, or near a crossroads.
Means "of the rose bushes", from French rosier
"rose bush". The name probably referred to a person who lived close to, or cared for a rose garden.
Means "right, straight" in French, a nickname for an upright person.
Means "from the forest", from French bois
Means "from the fields, countryside", from French champs
Means "from the valley" in French. The original name was spelled Du Val
Means "blacksmith" in French. It is a regional variant of LEFÉVRE
in southern France.
From the old French or Swiss word faverges
meaning a "forge", hence a name for a blacksmith. Alternatively it could indicate one from the area of Faverges or La Favarge near Neuchatel (derived from the same word).
FAY French, English
Refers to one who came from Fay or Faye (meaning "beech tree") in France.
Derived from old French fontane
"well". It was probably a nickname for a person living by a well.
FOREST English, French
Originally belonged to a person who lived near or in a forest. It was probably originally derived, via Old French forest
, from Latin forestam (silva)
meaning "outer (wood)".
GAGE French, English
Occupational surname deriving either from Old French gauge
"measure" (a name for an assayer) or gage
"pledge" (a name for a moneylender).
Derived from old French gagnon
"guard dog". The name most likely started as a nickname for an aggressive or cruel person.
Occupational surname which comes from the old Norman-French word gardinier
Derived from the French form of the old Germanic name Gerwulf
GRANGER English, French
Means "farm bailiff" from Old French grangier
, ultimately from Latin granum
meaning "grain". It is borne in the Harry Potter novels by Harry's friend Hermione Granger.
Means "thick, fat, big" in French, from Late Latin grossus
, possibly of Germanic origin.
Derived from a Germanic name, composed of the elements wil
meaning "will" and ric
From a given name derived from the Germanic elements gaut
) and beraht
Means "the chapel" in French. It was most likely used to denote a person who lived by a church or a chapel.
LAMAR French, English
Originally from a place name in Normandy, which was derived from Old French la mare
meaning "the pool".
LANE (2) French
Derived from a French word meaning "wool", designating one who worked in the wool trade.
Means "point of a lance" in French. The name was originally a nickname for a soldier.
Means "the vineyard" in French. The name referred to a person who lived close to a vineyard, or was from the town of Lavigny.
Derived from French voie
"road". The name started as a nickname for someone who lived close to a road.
Means "the handsome one" from French le
"the" and beau
Means "the white", from French blanc
"white". The name referred to a person who was pale or whose hair was blond.
Literally means "the shield-bearer" in French. The name was used to denote an esquire (a person of the nobility one rank below a knight).
Variant of LEFÉVRE
, whose spelling is most likely influenced by the Latin word faber
From French forger
meaning "to forge". This was an occupational last name taken by blacksmiths, equivalent to the English Smith
Means "the mayor" in French. It was a title given to a town official, or else a nickname for someone who was pompous and officious.
Derived from the place name Leymieux
, a town in the Rhône-Alpes region of France.
Means "the king" in French. It referred to one connected in some way with a king's household or one who played the part of a king in a pageant or a play.
Derived from French évêque
meaning "bishop", ultimately derived from Greek episkopos
Refers to one who came from Linivilla, meaning "Lennius's estate", now Ninville, in France.
LYON (1) English, French
Habitational name from either the Lyon in southern central France, or Lyons-la-Forêt in Eure, Normandy.
MARCHAND English, French
Occupational surname meaning "merchant", ultimately from Latin mercari
MARTEL (2) French, English
Nickname for a smith, derived from old French martel
"hammer", ultimately from Latin martellus
Derived from either of the given names HAMON
. A famous bearer was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
NOEL French, English
Either from the given name NOËL
, or else derived directly from Old French noel
"Christmas" and given to a person who had a particular connection with the holiday.
PAGE English, French
Occupational name meaning "servant, page". It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Italian) from Greek παιδιον (paidion)
meaning "little boy".
PAQUET (1) French
Means "gatherer or seller of firewood" from Old French pacquet
PATERNOSTER English, French, German, Italian
Occupational name for a maker of rosaries, also called paternosters. They are derived from the Latin phrase pater noster
"our Father", the opening words of the Lord's Prayer.
PETIT Catalan, English, French
Means "small, little" derived from Old French petit
. It was perhaps used for a short, small person or to denote the younger of two individuals.
Derived from a diminutive of French plamont
"a flat-topped mountain". The name probably referred to someone who lived close to a flat-topped mountain.
Probably derived from old French palorde
, a type of a shellfish.
Means "pear tree" in French. The name was originally a nickname for someone who lived close to a pear tree.
Derived from old French poule
"chicken". The name was most likely used to denote a person who raised or sold poultry.
Means "home of a rich person" in French, from the elements riche
wealthy and lieu
place. The historic figure Cardinal Richelieu was named such for his family estates. Due to the Cardinal's villainous portrayal in Alexander Dumas' 'The Three Musketeers', the name Richelieu is now associated with political intrigue and ambition.
ROMILLY English, French
Originally denoted a person who came from any of the various places in northern France called Romilly or Remilly, or from Romiley in England.
ROSE (1) English, French, German, Scottish, Jewish
Means "rose" from the Middle English, Old French and Middle High German rose
. All denote a person of a rosy complexion or a person who lived in an area abundant with roses. It is also found derived from the Yiddish royz
, which always referred to the flower.
Diminutive of ROUX
. A famous bearer was the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) whose ideas influenced the French Revolution.
Derived from old French rous
"red", most likely a nickname for a red-haired person.
From the Old French verb, which comes from roye
meaning "to furrow with little irrigation trenches". In the Ardennes Mountains it means "to ret or steep flax".
From one of the towns in France derived from sauve
"safe" and terre
"land": therefore "safe haven".
From Old French savatier
"shoemaker", derived from savate
"shoe", of uncertain ultimate origin.
Originally denoted someone who lived in towns by this name in Aisne or Yonne, from the Latin estate name Suciacum
From Old French tasse
"purse, bag", an occupational name for a maker or seller of purses.
TOLBERT English, French
Derived from a continental Germanic given name of unknown meaning, the second element of the name is derived from berht
meaning "bright, famous".
TRAVERS English, French
From an English and French place name that described a person who lived near a bridge or ford, or occasionally as an occupational name for the collector of tolls at such a location. The place name is derived from Old French traverser
(which comes from Late Latin transversare
), which means "to cross".
Derived from an Old French place name which meant "aspen".
Means "(dweller in a) new settlement" from French ville
"settlement" and neuve
VIPOND French, English
Anglicized form of French Vieuxpont
"old bridge". It is a place in Calvados (Normandy).
Alteration of the name Vauclain
, which is a variant of Vauquelin
, possibly derived from the Norman-French name Walkelin
meaning "wealthy one".