French Submitted Surnames

French names are used in France and other French-speaking regions. See also about French names.
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DRAGOOAmerican, French (Huguenot)
Americanized form of Dragaud, a French (Huguenot) surname derived from the Germanic given name Dragwald, itself derived from the elements drag- meaning "to carry" and wald "power, rule".
DREIKFrench
Derived from the Old Norse given name Draki or the Old English given name Draca both meaning "dragon".
DREYFUSFrench, German, Jewish
French-influenced variant of DREYFUSS, popular amongst people of Alsatian Jewish descent.
DRURYEnglish, French, Irish
Originally a Norman French nickname, derived from druerie "love, friendship" (itself a derivative of dru "lover, favourite, friend" - originally an adjective, apparently from a Gaulish word meaning "strong, vigourous, lively", but influenced by the sense of the Old High German element trut, drut "dear, beloved").... [more]
DUBOSQUEFrench
DuBosque means 'of the forest' in french and was a surname given typically to someone from a rural treed area.
DUFAULTFrench
Alternate spelling of Dufau, meaning "of the beech tree."
DUFRESNEFrench
Topographic name for someone who lived near a prominent ash tree from Old French fraisne fresne "ash" from Latin fraxinus "ash".
DUHAMELFrench
Topographic name for someone who lived in a hamlet, from Old French hamel, a diminutive of ham "homestead", with fused preposition and definite article du.
DUJARDINFrench
Means "from the garden" from French jardin "garden".
DUMASFrench
Meaning "of the little farm".
DUPAINFrench (Rare), Popular Culture
Means "of the bread", from French pain meaning "bread". It is borne by fictional character Marinette Dupain-Cheng of the TV series 'Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir'.
DU PLESSISAfrikaans, French Creole, French (Cajun), French (Huguenot)
French topographic name for someone who lived by a quickset fence, Old French pleis (from Latin plexum past participle of plectere ‘plait’, ‘weave’), with fused preposition and definite article du ‘from the’... [more]
DURBINFrench
Derived from the place called D'urban or D'urbin in Languedoc
DURETFrench
Derived from French dur meaning "hard, tough".
DUVALLFrench
Variant spelling of Duval.
EAMERFrench, Anglo-Saxon
This interesting and unusual surname has two possible sources. ... [more]
ELEANORFrench
Derives from the given name Eleanor. Not popular as a last name.
EMERYEnglish, French, Norman
English and French from a Germanic personal name, Emaurri, composed of the elements amja ‘busy’, ‘industrious’ + ric ‘power’. The name was introduced into England from France by the Normans... [more]
EMPERAIREFrench
Means "Emperor".
ENGELBERTGerman, English, French
From a Germanic personal name composed of engel (see Engel) + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. The widespread popularity of the name in France during the Middle Ages was largely a result of the fact that it had been borne by a son-in-law of Charlemagne; in the Rhineland it was more often given in memory of a bishop of Cologne (1216–25) of this name, who was martyred.
ERASMUSFrench, Dutch
it means beloved one or king
ERMANGerman (Modern), French (Modern)
Erman is a shortened French adaption of the Swiss-German surname Ermendinger, itself derived from the older surname Ermatinger, a name connected to the village of Ermatingen on the Swiss shore of Lake Constance, and came into existence during the early or middle 18th century when Jean-Georges Ermendinger (1710-1767), a Swiss fur trader from Geneva, married into a French speaking Huguenotte family... [more]
ESTIMÉHaitian Creole, French
Means "valued, esteemed" in French.
FAFARDFrench
Possibly derived from the french 'fard' meaning 'made-up' or 'make-up'. This is in a theatrical sense and does not imply lying. Very possibly a derivation form a theatrical occupation
FARANDEnglish (Canadian), French (Quebec)
Derived from the given name FARIMOND or from the French word ferrer meaning "to be clad in iron" or "to shoe a horse".
FARGEFrench
Reduced or Americanized form of La Farge/Lafarge.
FARRAGUTBreton, French, Catalan, American
A Breton-French surname of unknown origin. A notable bearer was American naval flag officer David Farragut (1801-1870), who is known for serving during the American Civil War. His father was of Catalan ancestry... [more]
FAYEFrench, English
Refers to one who came from Fay or Faye (meaning "beech tree") in France.
FERRANDFrench, English
This French surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a nickname (thus making it a descriptive surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval French masculine given name Ferrand, which was a variant form of the name Fernand, itself a contraction of Ferdinand.... [more]
FERRANDINFrench (Rare)
This French surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from the name of a profession (thus making it an occupational surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the masculine given name Ferrandin, which was a diminutive of the medieval French given name Ferrand... [more]
FEUILLEFrench
This is actually a standard word in French, correctly pronounce like "furry" without the r's. It means "leaf", or "sheet" (i.e. feuille de papier).
FÉVRIERFrench
Meaning, "February."
FEYGerman, English, French, Danish
English: variant of Fay. ... [more]
FILSFrench
From fils "son", used to identify the younger of two bearers of the same personal name in a family.
FIRMANEnglish, French
From a medieval personal name meaning "firm, resolute, strong man." Borne by early saints and bishops. First name variants Firman and Firmin. Expressed in Latin as Firminus.
FORETFrench, French Creole
From Old French forest ‘forest’, a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a royal forest, or an occupational name for a keeper or worker in one. See also Forrest. This surname is frequent in Louisiana.
FORTESCUEFrench
Means 'strong shield' from French elements fort meaning "strong" and escu meaning "shield#
FOUCHEFrench
"people army"
FOUQUEREAUFrench (Quebec)
Jean Fouquereau was born on November 6, 1617, in Anjou, Isère, France, his father, Louis, was 23 and his mother, Catherine, was 20. He married Renee Bataille on December 31, 1639, in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France... [more]
FOYFrench
From a medieval nickname based on Old French foi "faith", applied either to a notably pious person or to one who frequently used the word as an oath; also, from the medieval French female personal name Foy, from Old French foi "faith".
FRAINFrench
Topographic name for someone who lived near a prominent ash tree from Old French fraisne fresne "ash" from Latin fraxinus "ash".
FRANCEFrench
Ethnic name for an inhabitant of France, a country in Europe.
FRANCKEnglish, French
From the given name Franck.
FRANCOISFrench
Last name of the given name Francois
FRAYEnglish, French, Norwegian
Meaning "peace" or "brother," descended from the French term "Frere" in turn descended from the name of ancient Norse deity Frey, the deity of peace and prosperity.
FREERFrench
Dutch spelling of Frere (brother); another variant spelling is Frear.
GAGNEAUFrench
Variation of Gagne.
GAINESEnglish, Norman, Welsh
English (of Norman origin): nickname for a crafty or ingenious person, from a reduced form of Old French engaine ‘ingenuity’, ‘trickery’ (Latin ingenium ‘native wit’). The word was also used in a concrete sense of a stratagem or device, particularly a trap.... [more]
GALANTEItalian, French, Jewish
Comes from the ancient French word "galant" meaning someone in love or who has fun. In the case of Mordecai Galante, a Spanish exile in 16th century Rome, his courteous manners won for him from the Roman nobles the surname "Galantuomo" (gentleman), from which Galante was eventually derived.... [more]
GAMELINFrench
From pet form of any of the compound personal names formed with gamal, related to Old Norse gamall, Old German gamel "old", "aged". ... [more]
GARRIGUESFrench, Provençal
This surname comes from Old Provençal garrique meaning "grove of holm oaks or kermes oaks."
GAUTIERFrench
Variant of Gauthier. In this spelling, the name has been established in both Italy (Turin) and Germany (Brunswick) since about 1700
GAYEnglish, French
Nickname for a lighthearted or cheerful person, from Middle English, Old French gai.
GAYEnglish, Norman
Habitational name from places in Normandy called Gaye, from an early proprietor bearing a Germanic personal name cognate with Wade.
GEEIrish, Scottish, English, French
Irish and Scottish: reduced form of McGee, Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Aodha ‘son of Aodh’ (see McCoy). ... [more]
GENTRYFrench
From the English word, which is in turn from French gentrie, referring to that which is "noble," or the "nobility." From earlier gentillece, which was originally from gentil, "refinement."
GEORGEEnglish, French, German
Derived from the given name George.
GÉRALDFrench
Derived from the given name Gérald.
GERMANEnglish, Norman, German, Jewish, Greek
From Old French germain meaning "German". This sometimes denoted an actual immigrant from Germany, but was also used to refer to a person who had trade or other connections with German-speaking lands... [more]
GERVAISEnglish, French
From the French given name Gervais.
GILLARDEnglish, French, Swiss
English and French from an assimilated form of the personal name Gislehard, a compound of Old High German gisel ‘hostage’, ‘pledge’, ‘noble youth’ (see Giesel) + hard ‘hardy’... [more]
GILLETTEEnglish, French
English: from a feminine form of Gillett.... [more]
GILLIARDFrench, Swiss
French and Swiss French from a derivative of Gillier, from the Germanic personal name Giselher, composed of gisil ‘hostage’, ‘pledge’, ‘noble offspring’ (see Giesel) + heri ‘army’.
GIRAUDFrench
from a vernacular form of Gérald (see Gerald).
GIROUDFrench
Variant of Giraud.... [more]
GOBEREnglish, French
The surname Gober was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed.
GOGNONFrench, Occitan
Nickname for an aggressive or belligerent man, from Old French Gagnon ‘ mastiff’, ‘guard dog’. Possibly from Occitan ganhon ‘young pig’, applied as an offensive nickname. See also Gonyeau.
GOMBERTFrench, German
French and German: from Gundbert, a Germanic personal name composed of the elements gund ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. The name was relatively popular in both France and Germany during the Middle Ages, and was also adopted by Ashkenazic Jews... [more]
GONYEAUFrench
Respelling of French Gagnon, found predominantly in New England, possibly also of Gagneau, from a diminutive of Gagne.
GONZEFrench
My family surname originated in southern French-speaking Belgium. There is a tiny village called Gonzeville in northern France near the Belgian border which you can find on Wikipedia. Many surnames from French speaking Belgium have 5 or 6 letters and end in -ze, such as Gonze and Meeze... [more]
GOURKUÑVBreton
Breton combination of gour and kuñv meaning "a charming, affable, gentle or conciliatory man". The digraph -ff was introduced by Middle Ages' authors to indicate a nasalized vowel.
GRANGEEnglish, French
English and French topographic name for someone who lived by a granary, from Middle English, Old French grange (Latin granica ‘granary’, ‘barn’, from granum ‘grain’)... [more]
GRASFrench
Means "fat" in french.
GRAVEFrench
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of gravelly soil, from Old French grave "gravel" (of Celtic origin).
GRAVESEnglish, French, German
Derives from someone who had an occupation as a grave digger or a caretaker for a graveyard.
GRAVESFrench, English
Topographic name from the plural of Old French grave "gravel"
GRAVESEnglish, French
English: patronymic from Grave.
GREELEYEnglish, Norman
English (of Norman origin): nickname for someone with a pock-marked face, from Old Northern French greslé ‘pitted’, ‘scarred’ (from gresle ‘hailstone’, of Germanic origin).
GRENIERFrench
Occupational name for a grain merchant (from Latin granarius), or a topographic name for someone who lived by a granary (from Latin granarium) or a metonymic occupational name for someone who supervised or owned one.
GRIFFONFrench
From a diminutive of Old French griffe "claw", hence a nickname for a grasping or vicious person, or perhaps for someone with a deformed or otherwise remarkable hand.
GRISSOMOld Norman, Anglo-Saxon, French
Either from Old Norman griss meaning "keeper of pigs" or from French gris meaning "grey". The first known use of the name was Sir Thomas Gresham, the founder of the Royal Exchange and Gresham College.
GROULXFrench
French spelling, often found in Canada, of Groult, Grould, possibly reduced forms of Gréoul, a personal name of Germanic origin, composed of the elements gred "hunger" + wolf, wulf "wolf".
GUIDRYFrench (Cajun)
From a personal name based on the Germanic root waido ‘hunt’. The name is particularly associated with Cajuns in LA, who seem all to be descended from Claude Guédry dit Grivois, who arrived in Acadia before 1671.... [more]
GUILLAUMEFrench
Derived from the French personal name Guillaume.
GUILLIOTFrench
From a pet form of the personal name Guille, itself a short form of Guillaume.
GUILLOUFrench, Breton
Possibly derived from the given name Guillaume.
GUIONFrench
French: from the Germanic personal name Wido (see Guy).
GUIVARC'HBreton
Guivarc'h means 'swift stallion' in the Breton language.
GULLETTEFrench
Comes from Guillemme or William of Normandy. Reference 1066: The Battle of Hastings.
GUYEnglish, French
From a French form of the Germanic personal name Wido, which is of uncertain origin. This name was popular among the Normans in the forms Wi, Why as well as in the rest of France in the form Guy.
HAMELINFrench
from the Norse word HAMO meaning home.
HARGIERFrench
Known back to the 15th or 16th century in France.... [more]
HAROLDEnglish, Norman, German
English from the Old English personal name Hereweald, its Old Norse equivalent Haraldr, or the Continental form Herold introduced to Britain by the Normans. These all go back to a Germanic personal name composed of the elements heri, hari ‘army’ + wald ‘rule’, which is attested in Europe from an early date; the Roman historian Tacitus records a certain Cariovalda, chief of the Germanic tribe of the Batavi, as early as the 1st century ad... [more]
HARRETTFrench
France, England
HÄSSLIGerman (Swiss), French (Rare)
Swiss German diminutive form of Haas. This is a French surname via Alsace-Lorraine. A notable bearer is French footballer (soccer player) Eric Hassli (1981-).
HAYEnglish, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Frisian
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e), heye(Old English (ge)hæg, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye ‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
HAZARDEnglish, French, Dutch
Nickname for an inveterate gambler or a brave or foolhardy man prepared to run risks, from Middle English, Old French hasard, Middle Dutch hasaert (derived from Old French) "game of chance", later used metaphorically of other uncertain enterprises... [more]
HENRIFrench
From the first name Henri.
HERBARTHGerman, Norman
References Old Norse Deity "Odin" being one of the "Son's of Odin". Remember that the Geats became the Ostrogoths through the Denmark pass--referenced in Beowulf. Or, it means "Warrior of the Bearded One", perhaps a King... [more]
HILAIREHaitian Creole, French
From the given name Hilaire.
HILBERTEnglish, French, Dutch, German
English, French, Dutch, and German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’.
HODDSONFrench
Variation of the surname, HODSON.
HOLLIEREnglish, French
Occupational name for a male brothel keeper, from a dissimilated variant of Old French horier "pimp", which was the agent noun of hore "whore, prostitute". Hollier was probably also used as an abusive nickname in Middle English and Old French.... [more]
HOUSEALFrench (Anglicized), German (Anglicized)
French (Lorraine) spelling of German Häusel, a topographic name meaning ‘small house’, a diminutive of Haus. ... [more]
HUBERTGerman, Dutch, English, French, Jewish
From a Germanic given name composed of the elements hug "heart", "mind", "spirit" and berht "bright", "famous".
HUGOFrench
Victor Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He was also the writer of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'Les Misérables'.
HUMBERTGerman, Dutch, French
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hun "Hun, giant" or hun "bear cub" and berht "bright, famous". This was particularly popular in the Netherlands and North Germany during the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of a 7th-century St... [more]
HUONBreton
Huon is a form of the name Hugh.
HURRELLEnglish, Norman
English (of Norman origin) from a derivative of Old French hurer ‘to bristle or ruffle’, ‘to stand on end’ (see Huron).
HUVALFrench (Cajun)
The Huval name has historically been labeled German or Acadian (Cajun), however, recently more information has been discovered that shows the Huvals came directly from France.... [more]
ILESEnglish (British), French
English (mainly Somerset and Gloucestershire): topographic name from Anglo-Norman French isle ‘island’ (Latin insula) or a habitational name from a place in England or northern France named with this element.
IMBERTFrench
From the medieval French personal name Imbert, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "vast-bright".
ISAACJewish, English, Welsh, French
Derived from the given name Isaac.
ISABETHFrench
A matronym derived from the given name Élisabeth/Elisabeth.
ISELLEFrench
Frenchified forms of Iseli, a Swiss German variant of Eisele.... [more]
JACQUEMANFrench
Alsace-Lorraine
JARYFrench
France-England-USA
JAYEnglish, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French jay(e), gai "jay (the bird)", probably referring to an idle chatterer or a showy person, although the jay was also noted for its thieving habits.
JEANFrench
Derived from the French given name JEAN.
JEANPETITFrench
French translation of Littlejohn.
JEAUMEFrench (Rare)
Variant form of the patronymic surname of Jaume.
JETERFrench (Huguenot), German
Jeter is a French and German surname. It is the last name of former New York Yankees baseball player, Derek Jeter. It's also the last name of Carmelita Jeter, an American sprinter who specializes in the 100 meter sprint.
JOBEnglish, French, German, Hungarian
English, French, German, and Hungarian from the personal name Iyov or Job, borne by a Biblical character, the central figure in the Book of Job, who was tormented by God and yet refused to forswear Him... [more]
JOLIETFrench
17th- century Quebecois explorer Louis Jolliet. He and Father Jacques Marquette were the first to map the Mississippi River. Later, Jolliet's name was misspelled as Joliet, most likely due to the influence of the French word joli or jolie, "handsome/pretty"... [more]
JOURDINEFrench, English
English and French variant of Jordan.
JOYFrench (Latinized)
Joy \joy\ as a girl's name is pronounced joy. It is of Old French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Joy is "joy". Used in the Middle Ages, and made popular in the 17th century under the influence of the Puritans, to whom being "joyful in the Lord" was an important duty... [more]
JUILLETFrench
Means "July" in French.
JULESFrench
From a personal name (Latin Julius). The name was borne in the Middle Ages in honor of various minor Christian saints.
JUSTINFrench, English, Slovene
From a medieval personal name, Latin Justinus, a derivative of Justus.
KARTERBreton
Breton form of Carter. This was the birth surname of Breton-French explorer Jacques Cartier (1491-1557), who is known for discovering the gulf of St. Lawrence.
KERGOATBreton, French
From Breton ker "Village" or "Area" and koad "Woods".
KERHERVÉBreton
From Breton ker "Village" or "Area" and the name Hervé.
KIPPENBERGERGerman, French, Scottish
Mainly means "Shepard".
LABEOUFFrench (Cajun)
Meaning unknown. A famous bearer is American actor Shia LaBeouf (1986-present).
LABORDEFrench
Occupational or status name for a tenant farmer, from borde "small farm" (from Frankish bord "plank") and the definite article la.
LABRIEFrench
Topographic name from l’abri meaning "the shelter", or a habitational name from a place named with this word.
LACKYARDFrench (Anglicized)
Anglicized version of French surname, Lacaillade.
LACOMBEFrench
French (western and southwestern): topographic name for someone living in or near a ravine, from la combe ‘the ravine’ (a word of Gaulish origin, related to English Combe).... [more]
LACROIXFrench
Means "the cross" in French. It originally denoted someone who lived near a cross.
LADOUCEURFrench
french canadian
LAFLAMMEFrench (Quebec)
Means "The Flame" in French.
LAFLÈCHEFrench (Quebec)
A French-Canadian secondary surname from "Richer dit Laflèche," used independently since 1746. Laflèche is derived from the French town of La Flèche, in the former province of Anjou.
LA FORGEFrench
This is my Grandmother's maiden name
LAGASSEFrench
French: nickname from Old French agace, agasse ‘magpie’ + the definite article l’.
LAGRANGEFrench
French: topographic name for someone who lived by a granary, a variant of Grange, with the definite article la.
LAHAIEFrench
Locational name for someone who lived near a hedge or large bush, from old French "La" the and "Haie" hedge.
LALAURIEFrench (Cajun)
A French surname meaning "the laurel".
LA LIVERESFrench
Means 'the books' in French
LALONDEFrench
French (Normandy): habitational name from any of various places in Normandy, so named from Old Norse lundr ‘grove’, with the definite article la.
LAMARCHEFrench
French: topographic name or habitational name, a variant of LaMarque.
LAMARREFrench
Habitational name from any of the places in Normandy called La Mare, from Old Northern French mare "pool, pond" (Old Norse marr).
LAMBILLOTTEFrench (Modern)
Currently, a common name in Wallonia, Belgium with some descendants in USA. Believed to be derived from three terms..."lamb" "ill" "otte". The first term has remained unchanged from early Germanic term; the second is latin for "of the" and the third a dimiuative or feminine form suffix... [more]
LAMONTScottish (Modern), Northern Irish, French
Scottish and northern Irish: from the medieval personal name Lagman, which is from Old Norse Logmaðr, composed of log, plural of lag ‘law’ (from leggja ‘to lay down’) + maðr, ‘man’ (genitive manns).... [more]
L'AMOREAUXFrench
French surname meaning "The Lovers"
LANDEFrench, Norwegian, Jewish
French: topographic name for someone living on a heath, lande (from Gaulish landa ‘space’, ‘land’), or a habitational name from any of numerous minor places named La Lande from this word.... [more]
LANDRYFrench, English
From the Germanic personal name Landric, a compound of land "land" and ric "powerful, ruler".
LANSDOWNEFrench, English
The first marquis lansdowne, land owners for there lords and farmers also know as tenants.
LAPINFrench
Means "Rabbit" in French.
LAPORTEFrench
Topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town (and often was in charge of them; thus in part a metonymic occupational name), from Old French porte "gateway", "entrance" (from Latin porta, "door", "entrance"), with the definite article la... [more]
LARIVIÈREFrench (Modern)
From the region of Bourgoigne, in France, meaning 'the river'. The name is likely a topographic reference to the physical location, likely a river in this case.
LASALLEFrench
1. French: local name or occupational name for someone who lived or worked at a manor house, from Old French sal(e) ‘hall’ (modern French salle; see also Sale), with the definite article la. ... [more]
LAURENCEEnglish, French
From the given name Laurence.
LAVEAUFrench (Cajun)
A Cajun surname meaning "the calf".
LAVELLEFrench
From Old French val "valley".... [more]
LAVERDIÈREFrench
Habitational name from various places named La Verdière in France, or a variant of the name Leverdier (see VERDIER).
LAVERDUREFrench
From the French place name La Verdure meaning "greenness, greenery".
LAVIOLETTEFrench, French (Quebec), French (Acadian)
A secondary surname, associated with some forty family names in Canada and also used independently since 1698, a nickname from the flower violette ‘violet’, with the definite article la. In feudal France it was a name given to soldiers and domestic servants.
LE BRETONFrench
Describes someone from the French region Breton.
LECHATFrench
Means "The Cat" in French.
LEDGEREnglish, Norman, French, Dutch
English: from a Norman personal name, Leodegar, Old French Legier, of Germanic origin, composed of the elements liut ‘people’, ‘tribe’ + gar, ger ‘spear’. The name was borne by a 7th-century bishop of Autun, whose fame contributed to the popularity of the name in France... [more]
LEDOUXFrench
Means "the amiable" from French doux meaning "sweet, soft, gentle".
LEFRANÇOISFrench, French (Quebec)
Derived from the given name François.
LEGAULTNorman (Gallicized)
From the French "le Gaul," meaning simply "the Gaul." Gaul refers to the northern part of modern-day France.
LE HOUÉROUBreton
Derived from Breton c'hwerv "bitter".
LELOUPFrench
Means “the wolf” in French.
LE MAISTREFrench
From French meaning 'master'
LEMERCIERFrench
French surname designating a vendor of sewing materials, from the word mercier.
LEMOINEFrench, French (Quebec)
Means "The Monk" in French. Lemoine is also an English given name derived from this surname.
LENOIRFrench
French surname which was originally a nickname for a person with dark hair or skin, derived from noir "black" combined with the definite article le.
LENOIRFrench
Originally a nickname for a person with dark hair or skin, derived from noir "black" combined with the definite article le "the". A famous bearer is Étienne Lenoir (1822 - 1900), the inventor of the internal combustion engine.
LÉOTARDFrench
From the given name Leopold. Jules Léotard was an acrobat who popularized the leotard, a gymnastics garment. The garment is named after him.
LE PENBreton
Le Pen is a Breton surname meaning "the head", "the chief" or "the peninsula".
LE ROUXFrench
Nickname for a person with red hair, from Old French rous "red." Variant spelling of Leroux.
LESUEURFrench
Occupational surname for a shoemaker, cobbler, or rarely a tailor; derived from Old French sueur "one who sews" (from Latin sutor).
LE TALLECBreton
Tallec derives from talek which means someone with a large forehead in Breton.
LETOURNEAUFrench
From Old French estournel 'starling'.... [more]
LEVABulgarian (Rare), Czech (Rare), French (Rare), Jewish (Rare)
From the Hebrew given name Lev, meaning Lion. It is also the name of the currency in Bulgaria, and a verb in French meaning to lever or to lift.
LEVANFrench, English
Comes from le vent, meaning "the wind."
LEVASSEURFrench
Status name from Old French vasseor, a short form of vavasour, a term of the feudal system for a tenant ranking immediately below a baron. Such a tenant would have been a prosperous man, and the surname may have been used for someone in his service more often than for the man himself... [more]
LEVERFrench, English
Nickname for a fleet-footed or timid person, from Old French levre ‘hare’ (Latin lepus, genitive leporis). It may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a hunter of hares... [more]
LEVINJewish, Lithuanian, Belarusian, German, Russian, French (Quebec, Anglicized), Various
As a Lithuanian Jewish and Belarusian Jewish name, it is a Slavicized form of Levy. As a German and German Jewish name, it is derived from the given name Levin. As a Jewish name, it can also be related to Loewe... [more]
LEVYEnglish, French, Jewish
There are three possible sources of this surname. ... [more]
LINCOURTFrench (Quebec)
Possibly a habitational name.
LISLENorman, English, French
English (of Norman origin) and French: variant spelling of Lyle.
LOISEAUFrench
Means "The Bird" in French.
LORAINFrench
Occupational name for a saddler, derived from the Old French word lorain, meaning "a leather strap used on a horse's breastplate".
LORANGFrench
Surname of uncertain origin. Might be derived from:... [more]
LORDFrench
Nickname from Old French l'ord "the dirty one".
LOUISEnglish, French, Greek (Rare), Dutch
From the given name Louis. In Greece, it is known for Spyridon Louis.
LOVETTEnglish, French
From Ango-Norman French "louvet" meaning "young wolf".
LUPINFrench
Lupin is a variant on the Latin word "lupus", meaning "wolf". Two important literary characters, Arsène Lupin, the famous French gentleman-burglar, and Professor Remus Lupin, from the world of Harry Potter, have this name... [more]
LUXENBERGGerman, Jewish, Luxembourgish, Belgian, French, Walloon
Habitational name from various places named Luxenberg, Luxemberg, Luxenburg, or Luxembourg, including the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
LYFrench (?)
Meaning unknown. Probabily a rare,europenized spelling of Lee or Li.
LYÉFrench
A habitational name from places named Lié located in Deux-Sèvres and Vendée.
MACEEnglish, French
English: from a medieval personal name, a survival of Old English Mæssa, which came to be taken as a pet form of Matthew.... [more]
MACKScottish, Irish, German, Dutch, French
Scottish (Berwickshire) and Irish: from the Old Norse personal name Makkr, a form of Magnus (Old Irish Maccus). Shortened form of any of the many Scottish and Irish names beginning M(a)c-.... [more]
MACONFrench, German
French: See Maçon. An occupational name for a mason, French maçon. Habitational name from places so called in Saône-et-Loire, Allier, Aube, the Côte d’Or, Gers, and Deux-Sères. ... [more]
MAFFRETFrench
beleived to originated in{ NICE, france} in the late 19th century, emmigration from france to london,{stepney}, where the surname was mistakenly added an extra letter "T" resulting in the surname MAFFRETT
MAINScottish, English, French, Norman
Various origins explained include:... [more]
MAINEFrench
French topographic name from Old French maine ‘dwelling’, ‘residence’, ‘abode’, or a habitational name from any of numerous places so named.
MAISONFrench
Means "house" in French.
MALECUITFrench
Means "doughy," "soggy," or "undercooked" in French.
MALFAITFrench
Derived from French mal fait, which literally means "poorly done, badly done". In the context of the surname, it refers to the first bearer being "malformed" or "deformed" (as it was in the eyes of people from older times), which means that he either was physically disabled or able-bodied but with a physical trait that deviated from the norm.
MALFOYFrench
Malfoy is a French name roughly translating to "bad faith"
MALINEnglish, French, Dutch
From the given name Malin (English), and from the given name Madalin composed of the Germanic element madal meaning "council" (French, Dutch).
MALPASSEnglish, Scottish, French
Habitational name from any of various places named Malpas, because of the difficulty of the terrain, from Old French mal pas "bad passage" (Latin malus passus). It is a common French minor place name, and places in Cheshire, Cornwall, Gwent, and elsewhere in England were given this name by Norman settlers... [more]
MANSELLEnglish (Canadian), Norman
Of Norman origin, a habitational or regional name from Old French mansel ‘inhabitant of Le Mans or the surrounding area of Maine’. The place was originally named in Latin (ad) Ceromannos, from the name of the Gaulish tribe living there, the Ceromanni... [more]
MANSELLAnglo-Norman, French
A status name for a particular type of feudal tenant, Anglo-Norman French mansel, one who occupied a manse (Late Latin mansa ‘dwelling’), a measure of land sufficient to support one family... [more]
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