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.
ABRAHAMJewish, English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM.
ADAMEnglish, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Jewish
Derived from the given name ADAM.
ALBERTEnglish, French, Catalan, Hungarian, Romanian, German
Derived from the given name ALBERT.
ALLARDFrench, English
Derived from the given name ADALHARD (or the Old English cognate ÆÐELRÆD).
ANDRÉFrench
Derived from the given name ANDRÉ.
ARCHAMBAULTFrench
From the archaic French given name Archambault, which is related to ARCHIBALD.
ARTHUREnglish, French
From the given name ARTHUR.
AUGUSTINFrench, German
From the given name AUGUSTIN.
BABINFrench
From the given name Babin, a medieval diminutive of BABYLAS.
BARREFrench
French cognate of BARR.
BAUDINFrench
From the given name Baud, French form of BALDO.
BEAUCHÊNEFrench
From French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and chêne "oak".
BEAUFORTFrench
From various French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and fort "strong place, fortress".
BEAULIEUFrench
From various French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and lieu "place".
BEAUMONTFrench, English
From French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and mont "mountain".
BÉLANGERFrench
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BELLAMYFrench, English
From Old French bel ami meaning "beautiful friend".
BELLEROSEFrench
Means "beautiful rose" in French.
BELMONTFrench, English
French and English form of BELMONTE.
BÉRANGERFrench
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BERGER (1)French
Occupational name meaning "shepherd", from Old French bergier.
BÉRINGERFrench
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BERNARDFrench, English, Dutch, Czech
From the given name BERNARD.
BERTRANDFrench
Derived from the given name BERTRAND.
BLAISEFrench
Derived from the given name BLAISE.
BLANCFrench
Means "white" in French. The name referred to a person who was pale, or whose hair was blond.
BLANCHARDFrench, English
Derived from the given name BLANCHARD.
BLANCHETFrench
From a diminutive of the name BLANC.
BOIVINFrench
Nickname for a wine drinker, from Old French boi "to drink" and vin "wine".
BONFILSFrench
Derived from Old French bon fils meaning "good son".
BONHEURFrench
From Old French bonne heure meaning "good time", or "lucky".
BONHOMMEFrench
Derived from Old French bon homme meaning "good man".
BONNAIREFrench
French form of BONNER.
BONNAYFrench
Variant of BONNET.
BONNETFrench
From the given name BONITUS.
BORDEFrench
From Frankish bord meaning "board, plank". This name belonged to a person who lived in a house made of planks.
BOUCHARDFrench
From the Germanic given name BURKHARD.
BOUCHERFrench
Means "butcher" in French.
BOURDILLONFrench
Diminutive form of BORDE.
BRETFrench
French form of BRETT.
BRISBOISFrench
Referred to a person who cleared land, from Old French briser "to cut" and bois "forest".
BRODEURFrench
Means "embroiderer" in French.
BUREAUFrench
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.
CARONFrench
Variant of CHARRON.
CHAPUTFrench
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.
CHARBONNEAUFrench
Derived from a diminutive form of French charbon "charcoal", a nickname for a person with black hair or a dark complexion.
CHARPENTIERFrench
French cognate of CARPENTER, derived from Old French charpentier.
CHARRONFrench
Meant "cart" in Old French, used to denote a carter or a cartwright.
CHASTAINFrench
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.
CHEVALIERFrench
From a nickname derived from French chevalier meaning "knight", itself from cheval meaning "horse", ultimately from Latin caballus.
CHEVROLETFrench
From a diminutive of chèvre meaning "goat", indicating a person who cultivated goats.
CHRISTIANFrench, German, English
Derived from the given name CHRISTIAN.
CLÉMENTFrench
Derived from the given name CLÉMENT.
CLOUTIERFrench
Derived from French clou meaning "nail", referring to someone who made or sold nails.
COLBERTEnglish, French
Derived from the given name COLOBERT.
COMTOISFrench
Indicated a person from Franche-Comté, a province in eastern France, which translates to "free county".
COSTEFrench
French form of COSTA.
CÔTÉFrench
French form of COSTA.
COURTEMANCHEFrench
Means "short sleeve" in French.
COUSINEAUFrench
Derived from Old French cosin meaning "cousin".
COUTUREFrench
Means "tailor" in Old French.
DANIAUFrench
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DANIELEnglish, French, German, Portuguese
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
D'ARAMITZFrench
Originally denoted one who came from Aramits, a the name of a town in the French Pyrenees which is possibly derived from Basque haran meaning "valley".
DAVIAUFrench
From a diminutive form of DAVID.
DEFORESTFrench
Means "from the forest" in French.
DEGARMOFrench
Americanized form of French de Garmeaux, which may derive from a place called Garmeaux in Normandy.
DELACROIXFrench
Means "of the cross" in French. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
DENIAUFrench
Variant of DANIEL.
DENIELFrench
Variant of DANIEL.
DENISFrench
From the given name DENIS.
DENNELFrench
Variant of DANIEL.
DESCHAMPSFrench
Means "from the fields", from French champ "field".
DESCOTEAUXFrench
Means "from the hillside", from French coteau "hillside".
DESJARDINSFrench
Means "from the gardens", from French jardin "garden".
DESROCHESFrench
Means "from the rocks", from French roche "rock".
DESROSIERSFrench
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.
DROITFrench
Means "right, straight" in French, a nickname for an upright person.
DUBOISFrench
Means "from the forest", from French bois "forest".
DUFORTFrench
Means "from the fort", from French fort "stronghold".
DUFOURFrench
Occupational name for a baker, from French four "oven".
DUGUAYFrench
Means "from the ford", from French gué "ford".
DUMONTFrench
Means "from the mountain", from French mont "mountain".
DUPONDFrench
Variant of DUPONT.
DUPONTFrench
Means "from the bridge", from French pont "bridge".
DURANDFrench, English
From Old French durant meaning "enduring", ultimately from Latin durans. This was a nickname for a stubborn person.
DUVALFrench
Means "from the valley" in French.
ÉMILEFrench
Derived from the given name ÉMILE.
FABIENFrench
Derived from the given name FABIEN.
FABREFrench
Derived from Latin faber "blacksmith".
FABRONFrench
Diminutive form of FABRE.
FAUCHERFrench
Occupational name meaning "mower" in French, ultimately from Latin falx meaning "sickle, scythe".
FAUREFrench
Southern French variant of FÈVRE.
FAVAGERFrench
Possibly indicated a person from the town of Faverges in eastern France, derived from Old French faverge meaning "forge".
FAVREFrench
Southern French variant of FÈVRE.
FAVREAUFrench
Diminutive of FAVRE.
FAYFrench, 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.
FÉLIXFrench, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name FELIX.
FÈVREFrench
Occupational name derived from Latin faber "blacksmith".
FIRMINEnglish, French
From the given name FIRMIN.
FONTAINEFrench
Derived from Old French fontane meaning "well, fountain", a derivative of Latin fons.
FORESTEnglish, 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)".
FORESTIERFrench
French cognate of FORESTER.
FORTIERFrench
Derived from Old French fort "stronghold", indicating a person who lived near or worked at such a place.
FOSSEEnglish, French
Derived from Old French fosse "ditch".
FOURNIERFrench
Occupational name for a baker, from French fourneau meaning "oven".
FRANÇOISFrench
Derived from the given name FRANÇOIS.
GAGEFrench, 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.
GAGNEFrench
Variant of GAGNEUX.
GAGNEUXFrench
Derived from Old French gagnier meaning "to farm, to cultivate".
GAGNONFrench
Derived from old French gagnon "guard dog". The name most likely originated as a nickname for an aggressive or cruel person.
GARÇONFrench
Means "boy" in French, referring to a servant.
GARDINIERFrench
French form of GARDENER.
GARNIER (1)French
From the given name GARNIER.
GAUTHIERFrench
Derived from the given name GAUTHIER.
GERMAINFrench
From the French given name GERMAIN.
GÉROUXFrench
Derived from the Germanic name GERULF.
GIRARDFrench
From the given name GÉRARD.
GIROUXFrench
Derived from the Germanic name GERULF.
GOSSEFrench
Derived from the Norman given name GOSSE.
GOSSELINFrench
Derived from a diminutive of the French given name GOSSE.
GRANGEREnglish, 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.
GROSFrench
Means "thick, fat, big" in French, from Late Latin grossus, possibly of Germanic origin.
GUÉRINFrench
From the Germanic given name WARIN.
GUILLORYFrench
Derived from the Germanic given name WILLIRIC.
HARDYEnglish, French
From Old French hardi meaning "bold, daring".
HÉBERTFrench
Derived from the given name HERBERT.
HERBERTEnglish, German, French
Derived from the male given name HERBERT.
HERRIOTFrench
From a diminutive of the given name HENRI.
JACQUESFrench
From the French given name JACQUES.
JANVIERFrench
Means "(baptized in) January" from French Janvier.
JORDAN (1)English, French
Derived from the given name JORDAN.
JOUBERTFrench
From a given name derived from the Germanic elements gaut (see JOCELYN) and beraht "bright".
LABELLEFrench
Means "fair, good-looking" in French.
LACHANCEFrench
Means "chance, luck" in French.
LACHAPELLEFrench
Means "the chapel" in French. It was most likely used to denote a person who lived by a church or a chapel.
LAMARFrench, English
Originally from a place name in Normandy, which was derived from Old French la mare meaning "the pool".
LAMBERTFrench
Derived from the given name LAMBERT.
LANE (2)French
Derived from a French word meaning "wool", designating one who worked in the wool trade.
LANGLAISFrench
Means "the Englishman" in French.
LAPOINTEFrench
Means "point of a lance" in French. The name was originally a nickname for a soldier.
LARUEFrench
Literally means "the street" in French.
LAURENTFrench
From the given name LAURENT.
LAVIGNEFrench
Means "the vineyard" in French. The name referred to a person who lived close to a vineyard, or was from the town of Lavigny.
LAVOIEFrench
Derived from French voie "road". The name started as a nickname for someone who lived close to a road.
LEBEAUFrench
Means "the handsome one" from French le "the" and beau "beautiful, handsome".
LEBLANCFrench
Means "the white", from French blanc "white". The name referred to a person who was pale or whose hair was blond.
LECLAIRFrench
Derived from either the French word clair "bright" or the given name CLAIR.
LECLERCFrench
Means "clerk" in French.
LÉCUYERFrench
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).
LEFEBVREFrench
Variant of LEFÈVRE, the spelling most likely influenced by the Latin word faber "craftsman".
LEFÈVREFrench
Occupational name meaning "smith".
LEFURGEYFrench
From French forger meaning "to forge". This was an occupational last name taken by blacksmiths, equivalent to the English Smith.
LEGRANDFrench
Means "the tall, the large" in French.
LEMAIREFrench
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.
LÉMIEUXFrench
Derived from the place name Leymieux, a town in the Rhône-Alpes region of France.
LEROYFrench
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.
LESAUVAGEFrench
French variant of SAVAGE.
LESTRANGEFrench
Derived from old French estrange "foreign".
LÉVESQUEFrench
Derived from French évêque meaning "bishop", ultimately derived from Greek episkopos "overseer".
LINVILLEFrench
Refers to one who came from Linivilla, meaning "Lennius's estate", now Ninville, in France.
LUCASEnglish, 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
Habitational name from either the Lyon in southern central France, or Lyons-la-Forêt in Eure, Normandy.
LYON (2)English, French
Either from the given name LEON or else a nickname meaning "lion".
MAÇONFrench
French form of MASON.
MARCHANDEnglish, French
Occupational surname meaning "merchant", ultimately from Latin mercari "to trade".
MARIEFrench
From the given name MARIE.
MARIONFrench
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 Latin martellus.
MARTINEnglish, French, German, Czech
Derived from the given name MARTIN.
MASSON (2)French
Aphetic form Thomasson which is a diminutive form of THOMAS.
MATHIEUFrench
Derived from the given name MATHIEU.
MERCIERFrench
Means "trader" in French.
MERLEFrench
French form of MERLO.
MICHAUDFrench
Derived from the given name MICHEL.
MICHEL (1)French, German, Dutch, Basque, Polish
Derived from the given name MICHEL, MITXEL or MICHAŁ.
MONETFrench
Derived from either of the given names HAMON or EDMOND. A famous bearer was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
MONETTEFrench
Variant of MONET.
MONTAGNEFrench
French cognate of MONTAGNA.
MOREAUFrench
From an old given name Morellus, a derivative of MAURUS.
MORELFrench
Derived from a diminutive of MAURUS.
MOULINFrench
Means "mill" in French.
MULLINS (1)French
Means "from the mill", an occupational name for a miller.
NICOLASFrench
Derived from the given name NICOLAS.
NOELFrench, 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.
NOYERFrench
French form of NOGUEIRA.
OLIVERCatalan, English, French, German, Scottish
Derived from the given name OLIVER.
OLIVIERFrench
Derived from the given name OLIVIER.
PAGEEnglish, French
Occupational name meaning "servant, page". It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Italian) from Greek παιδιον (paidion) meaning "little boy".
PAGETEnglish, French
Diminutive of PAGE.
PALOMERProvençal
Means "pigeon keeper" or "mild" from the Late Latin palumbus.
PAN (1)Provençal
Means "baker", from Old French pain meaning "bread".
PAPEFrench
French cognate of POPE.
PAQUET (1)French
Means "gatherer or seller of firewood" from Old French pacquet.
PAQUET (2)French
Derived from the given name PASCAL.
PARENTEnglish, French
Derived from old French parent "notable".
PASCALFrench, Jewish
Derived from the given name PASCAL.
PATERNOSTEREnglish, 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.
PAULEnglish, French, German, Dutch
From the given name PAUL.
PELLETIERFrench
Derived from Old French pelletier "fur trader".
PERREAULTFrench
From a diminutive of PIERRE.
PERRINFrench
From a diminutive of the given name PIERRE.
PERROTFrench
From a diminutive of the given name PIERRE.
PETITCatalan, 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.
PETTIGREWEnglish, French
Derived from French petit "small" and cru "growth".
PIERREFrench
From the given name PIERRE.
PLAMONDONFrench
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.
PLOURDEFrench
Probably derived from old French palorde, a type of a shellfish.
POIRIERFrench
Means "pear tree" in French. The name was originally a nickname for someone who lived close to a pear tree.
PORCHEREnglish, French
Means "swineherd" from the Old French and Middle English word porchier.
POULINFrench
Derived from Old French poule "chicken". The name was most likely used to denote a person who raised or sold poultry.
PROULXFrench
Derived from old French preux "valiant".
RENAUDFrench
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.
REYERFrench
Variant of ROYER.
RICHARDEnglish, French, German, Dutch
From the given name RICHARD.
RICHELIEUFrench
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.
ROBERTEnglish, French, Dutch
From the given name ROBERT.
ROCHEFrench
French cognate of ROACH.
ROMEFrench, English
English and French form of ROMA (2).
ROMILLYEnglish, 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.
ROUSSEAUFrench
Diminutive of ROUX. A famous bearer was the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) whose ideas influenced the French Revolution.
ROUSSELFrench
French form of RUSSELL.
ROUXFrench
Derived from old French rous "red", most likely a nickname for a red-haired person.
ROYERFrench
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".
SALMONEnglish, French
Derived from the given name SOLOMON.
SALOMONFrench, Jewish
Derived from the given name SALOMON.
SAMSONEnglish, French, Jewish, Dutch
Derived from the given name SAMSON.
SAMUELEnglish, French, German, Jewish
Derived from the given name SAMUEL.
SARKOZIFrench
French form of SÁRKÖZI.
SARKOZYFrench
French form of SÁRKÖZY.
SARTREFrench
French form of SARTO.
SAULTFrench
French cognate of SOTO.
SAUVAGEAUFrench
French form of SAVAGE.
SAUVAGEONFrench
French form of SAVAGE.
SAUVAGEOTFrench
French form of SAVAGE.
SAUVETERREFrench
From the name of various towns in France, derived from French sauve "safe" and terre "land".
SAVATIERFrench
From Old French savatier "shoemaker", derived from savate "shoe", of uncertain ultimate origin.
SEGAL (2)French
Means "grower, seller of rye" from Old French segal.
SERGEANTEnglish, French
Occupational name derived from Middle English sergent "servant".
SÉVERINFrench
Derived from the given name SÉVERIN.
SIMONCzech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Jewish
Derived from the given name SIMON (1).
SOUCYFrench
Originally denoted someone who lived in towns by this name in Aisne or Yonne, from the Latin estate name Suciacum.
ST MARTINFrench
From the place name St MARTIN.
ST PIERREFrench
From the place name St PIERRE.
TAILLERFrench
Means "tailor" from Old French tailleur.
TASSEFrench
From Old French tasse "purse, bag", an occupational name for a maker or seller of purses.
THAYERFrench
Americanized form of TAILLER.
THIBAULTFrench
Derived from the given name THIBAULT.
THOMASEnglish, French
Derived from the given name THOMAS.
TRAVERFrench
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVEREFrench
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSEnglish, 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".
TRAVERSEFrench
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERTFrench
French variant of TRAVERS.
TREMBLAYFrench
From French tremble meaning "aspen".
VICTORFrench, English
Derived from the male given name VICTOR.
VILLENEUVEFrench
French cognate of VILLANUEVA.
VINCENT (1)English, French
From the given name VINCENT.
VOCLAINFrench
From the Old French given name VAUQUELIN.
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