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RAMAGE French, Scottish
From a medieval Scottish nickname for a hot-tempered or unpredictable person (from Old French ramage
"wild, uncontrollable" (applied to birds of prey)).
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
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
RAYMOND English, French
From the Norman personal name Raimund
, composed of the Germanic elements ragin
"advice, counsel" and mund
This can derive from several different sources: southern French réal
"royal", a word which was applied to someone either as a nickname (presumably given to people perceived as being regal) or as an occupational name (given to a person in the service of the king); or the French place name Réal
, in which case this is a habitational name taken from any of various places which were named for having been part of a royal domain (also compare Reau
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]
RHOTON German, French
Rhoton is a German and French surname from the 1800s. Some people believe that it is derived from the French word for red, but the origin is overall unknown. The name represents strength and power.
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]
ROBBEN French, Dutch
It is a French surname that was originally derived from the Germanic name ROBERT
, which is composed of the elements hrod, meaning famous, and berht, meaning bright.
Derived from the medieval French masculine given name Robinet
, which was a diminutive (as the -et
suffix indicates) of the given name ROBIN
From French roche
, meaning "rock'. It indicates a person who worked at a quarry.
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.
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
ROMAN Catalan, French, Polish, English, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
From the Latin personal name ROMANUS
, which originally meant "Roman". This name was borne by several saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Rouen.
French for "rose tree" or "rose bush". A common surname in Francophone areas. It is also the name of a fallen angel who was considered the patron demon of tainted love and seduction.
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.
Nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion.
Diminutive of Rouge
, a nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion.
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.
A last name common in Mexico which is believed to have derived from the French word ruelle (or Portuguese word ruela) meaning lane or alley.
Nickname for a noisy, rowdy person, from Middle French sab(b)at
SABOURIN French (Quebec), French (Huguenot)
Southern French surname, originally a nickname for a pleasant or amiable person, from a diminutive of sabor
meaning "flavor, taste" (Old French saveur
). The Huguenots brought this surname to England, and from there it may have been introduced to North America.
SAINT English, French
Nickname for a particularly pious individual, from Middle English, Old French saint
"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.
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]
Habitational name from a place to the southeast of the Somme river, named with Latin sana terra
"healthy, wholesome land".
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]
In Middle French (the form of French spoken from 1340 to 1610), it literally means "salt merchant".
Sauve' from France to Canada. Changed probably due to an "a" and an "o" confusion in cursive. My granfather's was typo-ed on WW II old men's sign up in MA. or RI, USA.
SAVARD French (Quebec)
Derived from the Old French word savart
meaning "wasteland". It is also formed from the etymological elements sav
('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".
Metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker, from Old French soulier
‘shoe’, ‘sandal’.... [more]
Translation of the French surname Souverain
which is derived from Old French souverain
meaning "high place".
French surname (Alexis Benoist Soyer is a famous bearer).
ST-GELAIS French (Quebec)
From the French place name Saint-Gelais
which was allegedly named for a 5th-century bishop of Poitiers. The name Gelais
is a variant of GÉLASE
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
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
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.
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]
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.
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".
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]
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]
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 (Quebec)
Means "go with a merry heart" in French. This was a secondary surname, common among soldiers, which has been adopted as a principal surname.
VAILLANCOURT French (Quebec)
Possibly a variant of Valencourt. This is the surname of a noble family who probably lived near Willencourt.
From a medieval nickname for a brave person (from Old French vaillant
VAL Spanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
VALENTIN French, Romanian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
From the given name VALENTIN
French, English, and Scottish habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Vaux, from the Old French plural of val
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]
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.
From the French word verre, meaning "glass." Possibly denoting someone who worked with glass.
variant of Vervelle, which Morlet derives from a word denoting the metal keeper or ring through which a bolt is secured.
VIDRINE French (Cajun)
Vidrines are French Cajuns that live mostly around south central Louisiana, towns and cities like Mamou, Eunice and Ville Platte.
"Used in medieval England and France. Villein is another term used for the serfs in the lowest classes of the feudal system."
Perhaps a topographic name from a diminutive of viol
"path", itself a derivative of vie
"way". It is more likely, however, that this name is from the secondary surname LAVIOLETTE
"the violet (flower)", which was common among soldiers in French Canada.
VIRAY Occitan, French, Catalan
Southern French (Occitan) and Catalan variant of Occitan Verai
, nickname from Occitan verai
‘honest’. From southern France this name spread to northern Catalonia.
Derived from Latin vivarium
, ultimately from Latin vivus
"alive". This name is locational relating to living near a fish pond.
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.