French Surnames

French names are used in France and other French-speaking regions. See also about French names.
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ABEL (1) English, French, Danish, Spanish
Derived from the given name ABEL.
ABRAHAM Jewish, English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM.
ADAM English, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Jewish
Derived from the given name ADAM.
ALBERT English, French, Catalan, Hungarian, Romanian, German
Derived from the given name ALBERT.
ALLARD French, English
Derived from the given name ADALHARD (or the Old English cognate ÆÐELRÆD).
ANDRÉ French
Derived from the given name ANDRÉ.
ARCHAMBAULT French
From the archaic French given name Archambault, which is related to ARCHIBALD.
ARTHUR English, French
From the given name ARTHUR.
AUGUSTIN French, German
From the given name AUGUSTIN.
BABIN French
From the given name Babin, a medieval diminutive of BABYLAS.
BARRE French
French cognate of BARR.
BAUDIN French
From the given name Baud, French form of BALDO.
BEAUCHÊNE French
From French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and chêne "oak".
BEAUFORT French
From various French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and fort "strong place, fortress".
BEAULIEU French
From various French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and lieu "place".
BEAUMONT French, English
From French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and mont "mountain".
BÉLANGER French
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BELLAMY French, English
From Old French bel ami meaning "beautiful friend".
BELLEROSE French
Means "beautiful rose" in French.
BELMONT French, English
French and English form of BELMONTE.
BÉRANGER French
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BERGER (1) French
Occupational name meaning "shepherd", from Old French bergier.
BÉRINGER French
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BERNARD French, English, Dutch, Czech
From the given name BERNARD.
BERTRAND French
Derived from the given name BERTRAND.
BLAISE French
Derived from the given name BLAISE.
BLANC French
Means "white" in French. The name referred to a person who was pale, or whose hair was blond.
BLANCHARD French, English
Derived from the given name BLANCHARD.
BLANCHET French
From a diminutive of the name BLANC.
BOIVIN French
Nickname for a wine drinker, from Old French boi "to drink" and vin "wine".
BONFILS French
Derived from Old French bon fils meaning "good son".
BONHEUR French
From Old French bonne heure meaning "good time", or "lucky".
BONHOMME French
Derived from Old French bon homme meaning "good man".
BONNAIRE French
French form of BONNER.
BONNAY French
Variant of BONNET.
BONNET French
From the given name BONITUS.
BORDE French
From Frankish bord meaning "board, plank". This name belonged to a person who lived in a house made of planks.
BOUCHARD French
From the Germanic given name BURKHARD.
BOUCHER French
Means "butcher" in French.
BOURDILLON French
Diminutive form of BORDE.
BRET French
French form of BRETT.
BRISBOIS French
Referred to a person who cleared land, from Old French briser "to cut" and bois "forest".
BRODEUR French
Means "embroiderer" in French.
BUREAU French
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.
CARON French
Variant of CHARRON.
CHAPUT French
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.
CHARBONNEAU French
Derived from a diminutive form of French charbon "charcoal", a nickname for a person with black hair or a dark complexion.
CHARPENTIER French
French cognate of CARPENTER, derived from Old French charpentier.
CHARRON French
Meant "cart" in Old French, used to denote a carter or a cartwright.
CHASTAIN French
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.
CHEVALIER French
From a nickname derived from French chevalier meaning "knight", itself from cheval meaning "horse", ultimately from Latin caballus.
CHEVROLET French
From a diminutive of chèvre meaning "goat", indicating a person who cultivated goats.
CHRISTIAN French, German, English
Derived from the given name CHRISTIAN.
CLÉMENT French
Derived from the given name CLÉMENT.
CLOUTIER French
Derived from French clou meaning "nail", referring to someone who made or sold nails.
COLBERT English, French
Derived from the given name COLOBERT.
COMTOIS French
Indicated a person from Franche-Comté, a province in eastern France, which translates to "free county".
COSTE French
French form of COSTA.
CÔTÉ French
French form of COSTA.
COURTEMANCHE French
Means "short sleeve" in French.
COUSINEAU French
Derived from Old French cosin meaning "cousin".
COUTURE French
Means "tailor" in Old French.
DANIAU French
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DANIEL English, French, German, Portuguese
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
D'ARAMITZ French
Originally denoted one who came from Aramits, the name of a town in the French Pyrenees that is possibly derived from Basque haran meaning "valley".
DAVIAU French
From a diminutive form of DAVID.
DEFOREST French
Means "from the forest" in French.
DEGARMO French
Americanized form of French de Garmeaux, which may derive from a place called Garmeaux in Normandy.
DELACROIX French
Means "of the cross" in French. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
DENIAU French
Variant of DANIEL.
DENIAUD French
Variant of DANIEL.
DENIEL French
Variant of DANIEL.
DENIS French
From the given name DENIS.
DENNEL French
Variant of DANIEL.
DESCHAMPS French
Means "from the fields", from French champ "field".
DESCOTEAUX French
Means "from the hillside", from French coteau "hillside".
DESJARDINS French
Means "from the gardens", from French jardin "garden".
DESROCHES French
Means "from the rocks", from French roche "rock".
DESROSIERS French
Means "from the rose bushes", from French rosier "rose bush". It probably referred to a person who lived close to, or cared for a rose garden.
DROIT French
Means "right, straight" in French, a nickname for an upright person.
DUBOIS French
Means "from the forest", from French bois "forest".
DUFORT French
Means "from the fort", from French fort "stronghold".
DUFOUR French
Occupational name for a baker, from French four "oven".
DUGUAY French
Means "from the ford", from French gué "ford".
DUMONT French
Means "from the mountain", from French mont "mountain".
DUPOND French
Variant of DUPONT.
DUPONT French
Means "from the bridge", from French pont "bridge".
DURAND French, English
From Old French durant meaning "enduring", ultimately from Latin durans. This was a nickname for a stubborn person.
DURANT English, French
Variation of DURAND.
DUVAL French
Means "from the valley" in French.
ÉMILE French
Derived from the given name ÉMILE.
FABIEN French
Derived from the given name FABIEN.
FABRE French
Derived from Latin faber "blacksmith".
FABRON French
Diminutive form of FABRE.
FAUCHER French
Occupational name meaning "mower" in French, ultimately from Latin falx meaning "sickle, scythe".
FAURE French
Southern French variant of FÈVRE.
FAVAGER French
Possibly indicated a person from the town of Faverges in eastern France, derived from Old French faverge meaning "forge".
FAVRE French
Southern French variant of FÈVRE.
FAVREAU French
Diminutive of FAVRE.
FAY French, English
Referred to a person who came from various places named Fay or Faye in northern France, derived from Old French fau "beech tree", from Latin fagus.
FÉLIX French, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name FELIX.
FÈVRE French
Occupational name meaning "blacksmith" in Old French, derived from Latin faber.
FIRMIN English, French
From the given name FIRMIN.
FONTAINE French
Derived from Old French fontane meaning "well, fountain", a derivative of Latin fons.
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)".
FORESTIER French
French cognate of FORESTER.
FORTIER French
Derived from Old French fort "stronghold", indicating a person who lived near or worked at such a place.
FOSSE English, French
Derived from Old French fosse "ditch".
FOURNIER French
Occupational name for a baker, from French fourneau meaning "oven".
FRANÇOIS French
Derived from the given name FRANÇOIS.
GAGE French, English
Occupational name derived either from Old French jauge "measure" (a name for an assayer) or gage "pledge, payment" (a name for a moneylender). Both words were ultimately of Frankish origin.
GAGNE French
Variant of GAGNEUX.
GAGNEUX French
Derived from Old French gagnier meaning "to farm, to cultivate".
GAGNON French
Derived from old French gagnon "guard dog". The name most likely originated as a nickname for an aggressive or cruel person.
GARÇON French
Means "boy" in French, referring to a servant.
GARDINIER French
French form of GARDENER.
GARNIER (1) French
From the given name GARNIER.
GAUTHIER French
Derived from the given name GAUTHIER.
GERMAIN French
From the French given name GERMAIN.
GÉROUX French
Derived from the Germanic name GERULF.
GIRARD French
From the given name GÉRARD.
GIROUX French
Derived from the Germanic name GERULF.
GOSSE French
Derived from the Norman given name GOSSE.
GOSSELIN French
Derived from a diminutive of the French given name GOSSE.
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.
GROS French
Means "thick, fat, big" in French, from Late Latin grossus, possibly of Germanic origin.
GUÉRIN French
From the Germanic given name WARIN.
GUILLORY French
Derived from the Germanic given name WILLIRIC.
HARDY English, French
From Old French and Middle English hardi meaning "bold, daring", of Germanic origin.
HÉBERT French
Derived from the given name HERBERT.
HERBERT English, German, French
Derived from the male given name HERBERT.
JACQUES French
From the French given name JACQUES.
JANVIER French
Either from the given name JANVIER or the French word janvier meaning "January", perhaps indicating a person who was baptized in that month.
JORDAN (1) English, French
Derived from the given name JORDAN.
JOUBERT French
From the given name GAUBERT.
LABELLE French
Means "fair, beautiful" in French.
LACHANCE French
Means "chance, luck" in French, a nickname for a lucky person.
LACHAPELLE French
Means "the chapel" in French, 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, derived from Old French la mare meaning "the pool".
LAMARRE French
Variant of LAMAR.
LAMBERT French
Derived from the given name LAMBERT.
LANE (2) French
Derived from a French word meaning "wool", designating one who worked in the wool trade.
LANGLAIS French
Means "the Englishman" in French.
LAPOINTE French
Means "point (of a lance)" in French, possibly a nickname for a soldier.
LARUE French
Means "the street" in French.
LAURENT French
From the given name LAURENT.
LAVIGNE French
Means "the vineyard" in French, referring to a person who lived close to a vineyard, or was from the town of Lavigny.
LAVOIE French
Means "the road, the lane" in French, a name for someone who lived close to a road.
LÉANDRE French
Derived from the given name LÉANDRE.
LEBEAU French
Nickname for a handsome person, from French le "the" and beau "beautiful, handsome".
LEBLANC French
Means "the white", from French blanc "white". The name referred to a person who was pale or whose hair was blond.
LECLAIR French
Either a variant of LECLERC or from French clair meaning "bright".
LECLERC French
Means "the clerk" in French.
LÉCUYER French
From French écuyer meaning "squire, shield-bearer".
LEFÈVRE French
Occupational name meaning "blacksmith" in Old French, derived from Latin faber.
LEGRAND French
Means "the tall, the large" in French.
LEMAIRE French
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.
LÉMIEUX French
Derived from the place name Leymieux, a town in the Rhône-Alpes region of France.
LEROY French
Variant of REY (1), using the definite article.
LESAUVAGE French
French form of SAVAGE.
LESTRANGE French
From Old French estrange, a cognate of STRANGE.
LÉVESQUE French
Derived from French évêque, a cognate of BISHOP.
LUCAS English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch
Derived from the given name LUCAS. A famous bearer of this surname is George Lucas (1944-), the creator of the 'Star Wars' movies.
LYON (1) English, French
Originally denoted a person from the city of Lyon in central France, originally Latin Lugdunum, of Gaulish origin meaning "hill fort of LUGUS". It could also denote a person from the small town of Lyons-la-Forêt in Normandy.
LYON (2) English, French
From a nickname derived from Old French and Middle English lion meaning "lion".
LYON (3) French, English
From the given name LEON.
MAÇON French
French cognate of MASON.
MARCHAND English, French
Occupational name meaning "merchant", ultimately from Latin mercari "to trade".
MARIE French
From the given name MARIE.
MARION French
Derived from the given name MARION (1).
MARTEL (1) English, French
Derived from the given name Martel, a medieval diminutive of MARTIN.
MARTEL (2) French, English
Nickname for a smith, derived from Old French martel "hammer", ultimately from Late Latin martellus.
MARTIN English, French, German, Czech
Derived from the given name MARTIN.
MASSON (2) French
From a short form of the given name Thomasson, itself a diminutive of THOMAS.
MATHIEU French
Derived from the given name MATHIEU.
MERCIER French
French form of MERCER.
MERLE French
French form of MERLO.
MICHAUD French
Derived from the given name MICHEL.
MICHEL (1) French, German, Dutch, Basque, Polish
Derived from the given name MICHEL, MITXEL or MICHAŁ.
MONET French
Derived from either of the given names HAMON or EDMOND. A famous bearer was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
MONETTE French
Variant of MONET.
MONTAGNE French
French cognate of MONTAGNA.
MOREAU French
Derived from a diminutive of MAURUS.
MOREL French
Derived from a diminutive of MAURUS.
MOULIN French
Means "mill" in French.
NEUVILLE French
From the names of various French towns meaning "new town".
NICOLAS French
Derived from the given name NICOLAS.
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.
NOYER French
French form of NOGUEIRA.
OLIVER English, Catalan, German, French
Derived from the given name OLIVER.
OLIVIER French
Derived from the given name OLIVIER.
PAGE English, French
Occupational name meaning "servant, page". It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Italian) from Greek παιδιον (paidion) meaning "little boy".
PAGET English, French
Diminutive of PAGE.
PALOMER Provençal
Means "pigeon keeper" from Latin palumbes "pigeon".
PAN (1) Provençal
Means "baker", from Latin panis meaning "bread".
PAPE French
French cognate of POPE.
PAQUET (1) French
Occupational name for a firewood gatherer, from Old French pacquet "bundle".
PAQUET (2) French
From a diminutive of the given name PASCAL.
PARENT English, French
Derived from Old French parent meaning either "notable" (from Latin pārēre meaning "to be apparent") or "parent" (from Latin parere meaning "to produce, to give birth").
PASCAL French
Derived from the given name PASCAL.
PAUL English, French, German, Dutch
From the given name PAUL.
PELLÉ French
From French pelé meaning "bald".
PELLETIER French
Derived from Old French pelletier "fur trader".
PELLEY French
Anglicized form of PELLÉ.
PÉRIGORD French
From the name of a region in southern France, possibly of Gaulish origin.
PERRAULT French
From a diminutive of the given name PIERRE.
PERREAULT French
From a diminutive of the given name PIERRE.
PERRIN French
From a diminutive of the given name PIERRE.
PERROT French
From a diminutive of the given name PIERRE.
PETIT French, Catalan, English
Means "small, little" derived from Old French and Catalan petit. It was perhaps used for a short, small person or to denote the younger of two individuals.
PHERIGO French
Anglicized form of PÉRIGORD.
PIERRE French
From the given name PIERRE.
PLAMONDON French
Derived from French plat "flat" and mont "mountain", referring to someone who lived near a flat-topped mountain.
PLANCHE French
French form of PLANK.
PLANQUE French
French form of PLANK.
PLOURDE French
Possibly derived from French palourde, a type of a shellfish.
POINGDESTRE Jèrriais
Jèrriais form of POINDEXTER.
POIRIER French
Means "pear tree" in French, originally a nickname for someone who lived close to such a tree.
PORCHER English, French
Means "swineherd" from Old French and Middle English porchier, from Latin porcus "pig".
POULIN French
Derived from Old French poule meaning "chicken". It was most likely used to denote a person who raised or sold poultry.
PROULX French
Derived from Old French preu meaning "valiant, brave".
RAYNE English, French
Derived from a Germanic name that was short for longer names beginning with the element ragin meaning "advice, counsel".
RENAUD French
From the given name RENAUD.
REY (1) English, Spanish, French, Catalan
Means "king" in Old French, Spanish and Catalan, ultimately from Latin rex (genitive regis), perhaps originally denoting someone who acted like a king.
RICHARD English, French, German, Dutch
From the given name RICHARD.
RICHELIEU French
From the name of the town of Richelieu, derived from French riche "wealthy" and lieu "place". The historic figure Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642), born Armand du Plessis, was so-called because he became the first Duke of Richelieu. He appears in Alexander Dumas' novel 'The Three Musketeers' (1844).
ROBERT English, French, Dutch
From the given name ROBERT.
ROCHE French
French cognate of ROACH.
ROME French, English
English and French form of ROMANO (2).
ROMILLY English, French
Originally denoted a person who came from any of the various places in northern France called ROMILLY or from ROMILEY in England.
ROSE (1) English, French, German, Jewish
Means "rose" from Middle English, Old French and Middle High German rose, all from Latin rosa. All denote a person of a rosy complexion or a person who lived in an area abundant with roses. As a Jewish surname it is ornamental, from Yiddish רויז (roiz).
ROUSSEAU French
Diminutive of ROUX. A famous bearer was the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) whose ideas influenced the French Revolution.
ROUSSEL French
French form of RUSSELL.
ROUX French
Derived from Old French ros meaning "red", from Latin russus, a nickname for a red-haired person.
ROYER French
From French roue meaning "wheel", ultimately from Latin rota, an occupational name for a wheelwright.
SALMON English, French
Derived from the given name SOLOMON.
SALOMON French, Jewish
Derived from the given name SALOMON.
SAMSON English, French
Derived from the given name SAMSON.
SAMUEL English, French, German, Jewish
Derived from the given name SAMUEL.
SARTRE French
French cognate of SARTO.
SAULT French
French cognate of SOTO.
SAUVAGE French
French form of SAVAGE.
SAUVAGEAU French
French diminutive form of SAVAGE.
SAUVAGEON French
French diminutive form of SAVAGE.
SAUVAGEOT French
French diminutive form of SAVAGE.
SAUVETERRE French
From the name of various towns in France, derived from French sauve "safe" and terre "land".
SAVATIER French
From Old French savatier "shoemaker", derived from savate "shoe", of uncertain ultimate origin.
SEGAL (2) French
Occupational name for a grower or seller of rye, from Old French, from Latin secale "rye".
SERGEANT English, French
Occupational name derived from Old French sergent meaning "servant", ultimately from Latin servire "to serve".
SÉVERIN French
Derived from the given name SÉVERIN.
SIMON English, French, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Jewish
Derived from the given name SIMON (1).
SOUCY French
Originally denoted someone from French towns by this name in Aisne or Yonne, both derived from the Latin name Suciacum.
SOURD French
French cognate of SORDI.
ST MARTIN French
From a place named for Saint MARTIN.
ST PIERRE French
From a French place named for Saint PETER.
TAILLER French
Means "tailor" from Old French tailleur.
TASSE French
From Old French tasse "purse, bag", an occupational name for a maker or seller of purses.
THAYER French
Americanized form of TAILLER.
THIBAULT French
Derived from the given name THIBAULT.
THOMAS English, French
Derived from the given name THOMAS.
TRAVER French
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERE French
French variant of TRAVERS.
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".
TRAVERSE French
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERT French
French variant of TRAVERS.
TREMBLAY French
From French tremble meaning "aspen".
VICTOR French, English
Derived from the male given name VICTOR.
VILLENEUVE French
French cognate of VILLANUEVA.
VINCENT (1) English, French
From the given name VINCENT.
VOCLAIN French
From the Old French given name VAUQUELIN.