French Submitted Surnames

French names are used in France and other French-speaking regions. See also about French names.
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NOBLE     English, Scottish, Irish, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French noble "high-born, distinguished, illustrious" (Latin nobilis), denoting someone of lofty birth or character, or perhaps also ironically someone of low station... [more]
NOËL     French
Means "Christmas".
NOIR     French
Means "black" in French, originally used in Northern France as an ethnic nickname for someone from Southern France, Spain, Italy or North Africa. It also may have been used for someone who wore dark clothing or for someone who had an occupation during the night or was associated with the night.
NOISETTE     French
This is a French surname meaning "hazelnut".
NOLAND     Irish, French
Irish: variant of Nolan.... [more]
NOONS     French
From the Portuguese name Nunes.
NORMAND     French
Means North Man, meaning vikings
OCTOBRE     French
Means "October" in French.
ODIGE     French, African
A Name from french Odige (O.DI Zeouf) zeouf with means egg Zeouf is spelled as ge to shorten the name. This surname means fighter The French has been known to be Lovely and the language of love un-violent... [more]
ORLEANS     French
From France. Middle ages??
OUELLETTE     French (Quebec)
Canadian spelling of French (Norman and Champenois) Ouilet, from a Frenchified form of Willet, a pet form of William.
PACKARD     English, Norman, Medieval English, German (Anglicized)
English from Middle English pa(c)k ‘pack’, ‘bundle’ + the Anglo-Norman French pejorative suffix -ard, hence a derogatory occupational name for a peddler. ... [more]
PADGETT     French
In French the meaning of the name Padgett is: Attendant
PAQUETTE     French
From the personal name Paquet, a pet form of Pascal.
PARAMORE     French (Rare)
origin is unknown but the meaning of the name is lover used in France and England
PARROT     French
Form of Pierone.... [more]
PARSLEY     Medieval French, English, Norman, French
Derived from Old French passelewe "cross the water."... [more]
PELLE     French
Nickname for a bald man, from Old French pelé, from Latin depilatus " "stripped (of hair)".
PELTIER     French
Variant of Pelletier (from Old French pellet, a diminutive of pel "skin, hide").
PERDUE     English, Irish, French
English and Irish from Old French par Dieu ‘by God’, which was adopted in Middle English in a variety of more or less heavily altered forms. The surname represents a nickname from a favorite oath... [more]
PEREIRE     Breton (Latinized, Archaic)
This surname is the Gallic (Gaulish) origin and it means wild pear tree. There are also similar spellig in the Iberian Peninsula such as Pereiro, Pereyro, Pereiros, Perero and Pereros. These surnames (last names) correspond to families of the Celtiberian culture.
PERESS     Breton (Latinized, Rare, Archaic)
It means Son of Peter (Pedro).
PETY     French
PEYRON     French
Unknown meaning. French surname. Famous bearer of this name is Bruno Peyron and the German princess Louise Peyron (1918-1989).... [more]
PHÉNIX     French (Quebec)
French Canadian variant of Phoenix.
PHENIX     French (Quebec, Anglicized)
Either (i) an anglicization of French Canadian Phénix, literally "phoenix", probably originally a nickname of now lost import; or (ii) a different form of Fenwick.
PICARD     French
Picard is the name given to a person from Picardy, a historical region and cultural area of France. The Star Trek: Next Generation Jean-Luc Picard has this name.
PIEDNOEL     French
Modern (and also more common) form of Piénoel.
PIÉNOEL     French (Rare)
French surname that possibly refers to the buckled shoes that the original bearer was wearing, in which case it is derived from Old French pié meaning "foot" combined with Old French noiel meaning "buckle"... [more]
PILLOT     French
Meaning unknown. It could be derived from Middle French pilot or pillot both meaning "stake, pole". The Pillots are a merchant family originating from the city of Besançon in France.
PITTLER     French
A surname which originally belonged to a person who lived by a pit or hollow. Meaning "King of the Pit" or "King of the Hollow".
PLIMSOLL     French (Acadian)
I don't know the meaning, but it is my maiden name, and I understand it to be French. Samuel Plimsoll is my ancestor. He was born in Bristol, UK. He was an MP who spoke up in parliament and subsequently the Plimsoll or loading line was introduced on ships... [more]
POIROT     French, Literature
A French occupational name referring to a merchant who sells pears (poire). Used by Agatha Christie for her Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot, but she came up with the name by combining the surnames Poiret and Popeau, the names of two contemporary fictional detectives.
POISSON     French
Poisson is the French word for fish, and was given to one who was a fishmonger, fisherman, or could be a nickname for one who had the appearance similar to a fish.
POLAND     English, German, French (Anglicized), Irish (Anglicized)
English and German name is derived from the Middle High German Polan, which means "Poland". The surname originally signified a person with Polish connections.This French surname originated from an occupational name of a poultry breeder, or from a fearful person; it is derived from the Old French poule, which means "chicken".In other cases, particularly in Ireland, the English Poland is a variant of Polin,which is in turn an Anglicised form of the original Gaelic spelling of Mac Póilín, which translated from Irish means "son of little Paul"... [more]
POLEY     French, German, Jewish
French: variant of Polet, Paulet, pet forms of Paul.... [more]
POMPEY     French, English
Variant of Italian POMPEI.
PONTIFF     French
Means "bridge builder". Comes from the French word pont, which means bridge. ... [more]
POPUCHET     French
Wise and classy
PORTUGAL     Spanish, Portuguese, English, Catalan, French, Jewish
Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, English, French, and Jewish surname meaning ethnic name or regional name for someone from Portugal or who had connections with Portugal. The name of the country derives from Late Latin Portucale, originally denoting the district around Oporto (Portus Cales, named with Latin portus ‘port’, ‘harbor’ + Cales, the ancient name of the city)... [more]
POTEET     English, French
From the French name Pottet, which is derived from pot meaning "pot", originally a name for a potter.
POTTIER     French
A variant of the french word for potter, potier.... [more]
POUY     French
PREVOST     French, English
Derived from Old French prevost meaning "provost" (ultimately from Latin praepositus, the past participle of praeponere meaning "to place in charge") which is a status name for any of the various officials in a position of responsibility.
PRIMEAU     French
First found in Burgundy France.
PRINCE     English, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French prince (Latin princeps), presumably denoting someone who behaved in a regal manner or who had won the title in some contest of skill.
PRIVETT     French, English, Welsh (?)
French, from the given name Privat (see PRIVATUS). Also an English habitational name from a place so named in Hampshire, derived from Old English pryfet "privet".
PROPHET     English, Scottish, French, German
Scottish, English, French, and German: nickname from Middle English and Old French prophete, Middle High German prophet ‘prophet’, ‘seer’, ultimately from Greek prophetes ‘predictor’, from pro ‘before’ + a derivative of phemi ‘to speak’... [more]
PROUST     French
Variant of the French nickname Preaux meaning "wise, worthy, valiant". A famous bearer is Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust--simply known as Marcel Proust--(1871-1922), a French author.
PROVENCHER     French
From the French word for the flower periwinkle. (pervenche) Brought to Canada from France in 1660 by Sebastien Provencher.
PROVOST     English, French
Derived from the Middle English provost; referring to the person who heads a religious chapter in a cathedral or educational establishment. It was also used as a nickname for a self-important person and is a French variant of Prevost.
PRUDHOMME     French, English, Norman, Medieval French
French (Prud’homme) and English (of Norman origin): nickname from Old French prud’homme ‘wise’, ‘sensible man’, a cliché term of approbation from the chivalric romances. It is a compound of Old French proz, prod ‘good’, with the vowel influenced by crossing with prudent ‘wise’ + homme ‘man’... [more]
PRUE     English, French
English: nickname for a redoubtable warrior, from Middle English prou(s) ‘brave’, ‘valiant’ (Old French proux, preux).... [more]
PRUITT     English, French
French and English: nickname from a pet form of Old French proux ‘valiant’, ‘brave’, or ‘wise’ (see Proulx, Prue).
PULVER     Low German, French, English
I comes from the Latin verb meaning "to make powder." This name was given to either an alchemist or one who made gunpowder.
PUSEY     French
Habitational name form Pusey in Haute-Saône, so named from a Gallo-Roman personal name, Pusius, + the locative suffix -acum.
RAISON     English, Scottish, French
From a medieval nickname for an intelligent person (from Old French raison "reason, intelligence").
RAMBEAU     French (Rare), Ancient Germanic (Frankish)
Altered spelling of the southern French family name Rambaut, from an Old French personal name, Rainbaut, composed of the Germanic elements ragin "counsel" + bald "bold", "brave", or alternatively from the Germanic personal name Hrambehrt or Hrambald, composed of the elements hramn "crow" & berht "bright" or bald "bold", "brave".
RANCOURT     French (Quebec)
Habitational name from places in France named Rancourt.
RANDEL     French, German
French: from a pet form of the Germanic personal name Rando, a short form of various compound names formed with rand ‘(shield) rim’ as the first element. Compare Randall.... [more]
RANGE     German, French
German: nickname for a ragamuffin, from Middle High German range ‘naughty boy’, ‘urchin’.... [more]
RANGER     English, German, French
English: occupational name for a gamekeeper or warden, from Middle English ranger, an agent derivative of range(n) ‘to arrange or dispose’.... [more]
RAVENEL     English, French
Habitational name from Ravenel in Oise or a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of horseradish, from a diminutive of Old French ravene ‘horseradish’ (Latin raphanus)... [more]
RAYMOND     English, French
From the Norman personal name Raimund, composed of the Germanic elements ragin "advice, counsel" and mund "protection".
REISS     German, Jewish, French (Huguenot)
German: variant of Reis or from any of several Germanic personal names composed with ric ‘power(ful)’. Also from the French Huguenot forename Ris, rendered as Reis and Reiss.... [more]
RENAUDIN     French
Derived from the French given name Renaud.
REVERE     English, French, Judeo-Italian
French: variant of Rivière, Rivoire, or Rivier, topographic name for someone living on the banks of a river, French rivier ‘bank’, or habitational name from any of the many places in France named with this word.... [more]
RHINE     German, French, English, Irish
A habitational name for an individual whom lived within close proximity of the River Rhine (see Rhein). The river name is derived from a Celtic word meaning 'to flow' (Welsh redan, 'flow').... [more]
RICHE     English, French
English: variant spelling of Rich. ... [more]
RITCHINGS     French, German, English
This surname has at least three distinct separate origins. ... [more]
RIVERS     English, Norman
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Rivières, from the plural form of Old French rivière ‘river’ (originally meaning ‘riverbank’, from Latin riparia)... [more]
RIVES     French, Jewish
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish female personal name Rive a back-formation from Rivke (see Rifkin).... [more]
RIVET     French, English
French: from a diminutive of Old French rive ‘(river) bank’, ‘shore’ (see Rives).... [more]
RIVETT     English, French
English (East Anglia): metonymic occupational name for a metalworker, from Middle English, Old French rivet ‘small nail or bolt’ (from Old French river ‘to fix or secure’, of unknown origin).... [more]
ROBERTIN     French (Rare)
Derived from the medieval French masculine given name Robertin, which was a diminutive of the given name Robert.
ROBICHAUX     French
An altered spelling of Robichon or Roubichou, pet forms of Robert.
ROBIN     Scottish, English, French, German
From the personal name Robin, a pet form of Robert, composed of the short form Rob and the hypocoristic suffix -in.
ROBINET     French
Derived from the medieval French masculine given name Robinet, which was a diminutive (as the -et suffix indicates) of the given name Robin.... [more]
ROCKETT     French
From the French "la roche," or "of the rock." Some family histories trace this back to French Hugenots (sp) who immigrated to England in the 1500's from the Normandy region of France.
ROGER     Scottish, English, North German, French, Catalan
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hrōd "renown" and gār, gēr "spear, lance", which was introduced into England by the Normans in the form Rog(i)er... [more]
ROLAND     French, German, Scottish
French, German, English, and Scottish: from a Germanic personal name composed hrod ‘renown’ + -nand ‘bold’, assimilated to -lant ‘land’. (Compare Rowland).... [more]
ROMAN     Catalan, French, Polish, English, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Belorussian
From the Latin personal name Romanus, which originally meant "Roman". This name was borne by several saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Rouen.
ROSSEAU     French, American
Variant spelling of Rousseau. Comes from the Old French word rous meaning "red", likely a nickname for someone with red hair or a particularly rosy complexion.
ROUGE     French
Nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion.
ROUGEAU     French
Diminutive of Rouge, a nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion.
ROUGEUX     French
Variant of Rougeau.
ROUSSEL     French
Variant of Rousseau.
ROZELLE     French
Beautiful flower from France brought over by an immigrant named Page Rozelle. People said when she said something nice or touched you, good luck would come to you.
RUNDLETT     French
this is a french word for little wine barrels.
SABA     French, Occitan
Nickname from a variant of Occitan sabe meaning "tasty, flavorsome". Compare Sabourin.
SABAT     French
Nickname for a noisy, rowdy person, from Middle French sab(b)at "noise", "racket".
SABOURIN     French
Nickname for a pleasant or amiable person, from a diminutive of sabor meaning "flavor", "taste" (Old French saveur). The name Sabourin was introduced to England through Huguenot immigration, and from there it may have been brought to North America.
SAINT     English, French
Nickname for a particularly pious individual, from Middle English, Old French saint, seint "holy" (Latin sanctus "blameless, holy"). The vocabulary word was occasionally used in the Middle Ages as a personal name, especially on the Continent, and this may have given rise to some instances of the surname.
SALAÜN     Breton, French
Form of the given name Solomon.
SALE     English, French
English: from Middle English sale ‘hall’, a topographic name for someone living at a hall or manor house, or a metonymic occupational name for someone employed at a hall or manor house. ... [more]
SANTERRE     French
Habitational name from a place to the southeast of the Somme river, named with Latin sana terra "healthy, wholesome land".
SARAZEN     French
From a medieval French nickname for a swarthy person, or for someone who had gone on a Crusade (from Old French sarrazin "Saracen"). It was borne by American golfer Gene Sarazen (1902-99), original name Eugene Saraceni.
SARD     English, French, Spanish, Italian
In the book "Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary by Henry Harrison and Gyda (Pulling) Harrison 1912 - Reprinted 1996.... The Sard surname (which has been in England, Italy and Europe for a long time) is defined thus on page 136...... [more]
SARTAIN     French
Means, "Tailor".
SAVARD     French (Quebec)
Derived from the Old French word savart meaning "wasteland". It is also formed from the etymological elements sav and hard ('hard' meaning "strong"). Notable bearers are Serge and Denis Savard; both Canadian ice hockey players.
SEBERT     German, French
From a German personal name composed of the elements sigi meaning "victory" + berht meaning "bright", "famous".
SERRE     French
Means 'greenhouse' in French.
SÉVIGNY     French
A kind of bush.
SHARLEVILLE     French (?)
France?
SINCLAIR     French
Derived from a Norman French place name meaning "Saint Claire".
SIVELLE     French
A rare surname.
SOLITAIRE     French
the card game
SOULE     English, French, Medieval English
English: of uncertain origin; perhaps derived from the vocabulary word soul as a term of affection.... [more]
SOULIER     French
Metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker, from Old French soulier ‘shoe’, ‘sandal’.... [more]
SOVEREIGN     French
Translation of the French surname Souverain which is derived from Old French souverain meaning "high place".
SOYER     French
French surname (Alexis Benoist Soyer is a famous bearer).
ST CLAIR     French, English
From the place name St CLAIR
STLOUIS     French
Habitational name from any of several places named with a religious dedication to a St. Louis.
TALBERT     English, French
From a continental Germanic personal name composed of the elements tal "valley" and berth "bright".
TALBOT     English, Norman
Disputed origin, but likely from a Germanic given name composed of the elements tal "to destroy" and bod "message". In this form the name is also found in France, taken there apparently by English immigrants; the usual French form is Talbert.
TALCOTT     English, Norman
Norman habitational name from Taillecourt in France.... [more]
TALLANT     English (British, ?), Norman, Irish
English (of Norman origin) occupational name for a tailor or nickname for a good swordsman, from taillant ‘cutting’, present participle of Old French tailler ‘to cut’ (Late Latin taliare, from talea ‘(plant) cutting’)... [more]
TALLON     English, Irish, Norman, French
English and Irish (of Norman origin), and French from a Germanic personal name derived from tal ‘destroy’, either as a short form of a compound name with this first element (compare Talbot) or as an independent byname... [more]
TANGUAY     French, English
From a personal name, a contraction of Tanneguy, from Breton tan meaning 'fire', and ki meaning 'dog', which was the name of a 6-th century Christian saint associated with Paul Aurelian.
TAPON     French
From the old French word tapon, meaning "cork". Hence this surname was first given to corks makers.
TEMPLE     English, French
Occupational name or habitational name for someone who was employed at or lived near one of the houses ("temples") maintained by the Knights Templar, a crusading order so named because they claimed to occupy in Jerusalem the site of the old temple (Middle English, Old French temple, Latin templum)... [more]
TEMPLIN     French
Possibly from a French diminutive of Temple.
TERRIEN     French
Topographic name from an adjectival derivative of terre "land", denoting someone who lived and worked on the land, i.e. a peasant. It is Americanized frequently as Landers, and occasionally as Farmer.
TETRAULT     French
French, Franko-American
TETREAULT     French
Ultimately derived from French tistre "to weave".
THERIAULT     French (Rare)
Possibly from the Greek "therion" which means a beast of a nondescript nature.
THEROUX     French (Quebec)
Southern French (Théroux): of uncertain origin; perhaps a topographic name for someone living by "the wells", from a plural variant of Occitan théron "well".
THERRIEN     French
Variant of TERRIEN.
THIBODEAU     French
Variant of Thibodeaux.
THIBODEAUX     French
Variant of Thibault.
TOURVILLE     French
The name Tourville is a very old, and in one case, very famous name. One of the Marshall's of France was named Anne Hilarion de Cotentin de Tourville. This reads: Anne Hilarion of/from Cotentin, Comte (Count) of Tourville... [more]
TOUSSAINT     French
Derived from the given name Toussaint, which in turn is derived from Toussaint, the French name for the Christian feast day All Saints' Day (celebrated on November 1st every year). The French name for the feast day is a contraction of French tous les saints meaning "all (of) the saints".... [more]
TOWERS     French
1. Variant of Tower, with later -s. ... [more]
TRAYLOR     French
Assumed to mean "by the trail". May have originally been "Trouillart". Variations may include: Trail Traill Treil Trelly Teign Pentrail
TROY     Irish, English, German, Jewish, French, Dutch
As an Irish surname, it is a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Troighthigh, meaning ‘descendant of Troightheach’.... [more]
TRUDEAU     French
From a pet form of the personal name Thouroude or perhaps Gertrude.
TRUMBO     French, German
French (Alsatian) form of German Trumbauer.
TURBEFIELD     French, Norman
The name is a village in Normandy. Is documented in Gloucester Abbey in 1044.
TURCAT     French, French (Quebec)
Means "Turkman"
TURNEY     English, Norman
Habitational name from places in France called Tournai, Tournay, or Tourny. All named with the pre-Roman personal name TURNUS and the locative suffix -acum.
URBAN     English, French, German, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Hungarian, Jewish
From a medieval personal name (Latin Urbanus meaning "city dweller", a derivative of urbs meaning "town", "city").
VADEBONCOEUR     French
Secondary surname, common among soldiers, which has been adopted as a principal surname; it means "Go with a merry heart".
VAILLANCOURT     French (Quebec)
Possibly a variant of Valencourt. This is the surname of a noble family who probably lived near Willencourt.
VAILLANT     French
From a medieval nickname for a brave person (from Old French vaillant "brave, sturdy").
VAL     Spanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
VALMONT     English, French
Means "Hill of the vale"
VANGARDE     French
"(A soldier) in the leading edge of an army formation"
VASSEUR     French
Variant of Levasseur.
VAUX     French
French, English, and Scottish habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Vaux, from the Old French plural of val ‘valley’.
VERDIER     French, Norman, English
Occupational name for a forester. Derived from Old French verdier (from Late Latin viridarius, a derivative of viridis "green"). Also an occupational name for someone working in a garden or orchard, or a topographic name for someone living near one... [more]
VERDON     French
Habitational name from a place so named, for example in Dordogne, Gironde, and Marne.
VERGAN     French (Huguenot)
Family history states that original name was "du Vergau" French Huguenot chased from France to Germany.
VERNE     French, English
As a French surname refers to someone who lived where alder trees grew. While the English version can mean someone who lived where ferns grew, Verne can also mean a seller of ferns which in medieval times were used in bedding, as floor coverings and as animal feed.
VERNEY     English, French
The surname Verney was first found in Buckinghamshire, England, when they arrived from Vernai, a parish in the arrondissement of Bayeux in Normandy.
VERNIER     French
Surname for a person who lived near an alder tree. Also a variant of Garnier and Varnier and the eastern French form of Warner.
VERRET     French
From the French word verre, meaning "glass." Possibly denoting someone who worked with glass.
VICKERY     French (Huguenot, Anglicized)
La Vache = having to do with cows, cow fields, cow pastures, cow barns; French Language. ... [more]
VIDRINE     French (Cajun)
Vidrines are French Cajuns that live mostly around south central Louisiana, towns and cities like Mamou, Eunice and Ville Platte.
VILLEIN     French
"Used in medieval England and France. Villein is another term used for the serfs in the lowest classes of the feudal system."
VIRAY     Occitan, French, Catalan
Southern French (Occitan) and Catalan variant of Occitan Verai and Veray, nickname from Occitan verai ‘honest’. From southern France this name spread to northern Catalonia.
WEASLEY     Norman
Variant of WESLEY... [more]
WOODLOCK     Irish, French, English
From an Old English personal name, Wudlac, composed of the elements wudu ‘wood’ + lac ‘play’, ‘sport’.
XAVIER     English, French
Derived from the Basque place name Etxaberri meaning "the new house". This was the surname of the Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552). He was a missionary to India, Japan, China, and other areas in East Asia, and he is the patron saint of the Orient and missionaries.
YATTEAU     French (Acadian)
I was always told it was French
ZAY     French
Frenchified form of German See.
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