From French place names derived from beau
"beautiful" and chêne
From various French place names derived from beau
"beautiful" and fort
"strong place, fortress".
From various French place names derived from beau
"beautiful" and lieu
Means "white" in French. The name referred to a person who was pale, or whose hair was blond.
Nickname for a wine drinker, from Old French boi
"to drink" and vin
Derived from Old French bon fils
meaning "good son".
From Old French bonne heure
meaning "good time", or "lucky".
From Frankish bord
meaning "board, plank". This name belonged to a person who lived in a house made of planks.
Referred to a person who cleared land, from Old French briser
"to cut" and bois
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.
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.
Derived from a diminutive form of French charbon
"charcoal", a nickname for a person with black hair or a dark complexion.
Meant "cart" in Old French, used to denote a carter or a cartwright.
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.
From a nickname derived from French chevalier
meaning "knight", itself from cheval
meaning "horse", ultimately from Latin caballus
From a diminutive of chèvre
meaning "goat", indicating a person who cultivated goats.
Derived from French clou
meaning "nail", referring to someone who made or sold nails.
Indicated a person from Franche-Comté, a province in eastern France, which translates to "free county".
Originally denoted one who came from Aramits, a the name of a town in the French Pyrenees which is possibly derived from Basque haran
Americanized form of French de Garmeaux
, which may derive from a place called Garmeaux in Normandy.
Means "of the cross" in French. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
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.
Means "right, straight" in French, a nickname for an upright person.
Means "from the forest", from French bois
Means "from the fort", from French fort
Occupational name for a baker, from French four
Means "from the mountain", from French mont
Means "from the bridge", from French pont
DURAND French, English
From Old French durant
meaning "enduring", ultimately from Latin durans
. This was a nickname for a stubborn person.
Occupational name meaning "mower" in French, ultimately from Latin falx
meaning "sickle, scythe".
Possibly indicated a person from the town of Faverges in eastern France, derived from Old French faverge
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
Occupational name derived from Latin faber
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)".
Derived from Old French fort
"stronghold", indicating a person who lived near or worked at such a place.
Occupational name for a baker, from French fourneau
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.
Derived from Old French gagnier
meaning "to farm, to cultivate".
Derived from old French gagnon
"guard dog". The name most likely originated as a nickname for an aggressive or cruel person.
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.
Means "thick, fat, big" in French, from Late Latin grossus
, possibly of Germanic origin.
HARDY English, French
From Old French and Middle English hardi
meaning "bold, daring", of Germanic origin.
Either from the given name JANVIER
or the French word janvier
meaning "January", perhaps indicating a person who was baptized in that month.
Means "the chapel" in French. It was 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, which was derived from Old French la mare
meaning "the pool".
LANE (2) French
Derived from a French word meaning "wool", designating one who worked in the wool trade.
Means "point of a lance" in French. The name was originally a nickname for a soldier.
Means "the vineyard" in French. The name referred to a person who lived close to a vineyard, or was from the town of Lavigny.
Derived from French voie
"road". The name started as a nickname for someone who lived close to a road.
Means "the handsome one" from French le
"the" and beau
Means "the white", from French blanc
"white". The name referred to a person who was pale or whose hair was blond.
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).
Variant of LEFÈVRE
, the spelling most likely influenced by the Latin word faber
From French forger
meaning "to forge". This was an occupational last name taken by blacksmiths, equivalent to the English Smith
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.
Derived from the place name Leymieux
, a town in the Rhône-Alpes region of France.
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.
Derived from French évêque
meaning "bishop", ultimately derived from Greek episkopos
Refers to one who came from Linivilla, meaning "Lennius's estate", now Ninville, in France.
LYON (1) English, French
Habitational name from either the Lyon in southern central France, or Lyons-la-Forêt in Eure, Normandy.
MARCHAND English, French
Occupational surname meaning "merchant", ultimately from Latin mercari
MARTEL (2) French, English
Nickname for a smith, derived from old French martel
"hammer", ultimately from Latin martellus
Derived from either of the given names HAMON
. A famous bearer was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
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.
PAGE English, French
Occupational name meaning "servant, page". It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Italian) from Greek παιδιον (paidion)
meaning "little boy".
PAQUET (1) French
Occupational name for a firewood gatherer, from Old French pacquet
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").
From the name of a region in southern France, possibly of Gaulish origin.
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.
Derived from French plat
"flat" and mont
"mountain", referring to someone who lived near a flat-topped mountain.
Possibly derived from French palourde
, a type of a shellfish.
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
Derived from Old French poule
meaning "chicken". It was most likely used to denote a person who raised or sold poultry.
Derived from Old French preu
meaning "valiant, brave".
RAYNE English, French
Derived from a Germanic name which was short for longer names beginning with the element ragin
meaning "advice, counsel".
REY (1) English, Spanish, French, Catalan
Means "king" in Old French, Spanish and Catalan, ultimately from Latin rex
), perhaps originally denoting someone who acted like a king.
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).
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)
Diminutive of ROUX
. A famous bearer was the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) whose ideas influenced the French Revolution.
Derived from Old French ros
meaning "red", from Latin russus
, a nickname for a red-haired person.
From French roue
meaning "wheel", ultimately from Latin rota
, an occupational name for a wheelwright.
From the name of various towns in France, derived from French sauve
"safe" and terre
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
SERGEANT English, French
Occupational name derived from Old French sergent
meaning "servant", ultimately from Latin servire
Originally denoted someone from French towns by this name in Aisne or Yonne, both derived from the Latin name Suciacum
From Old French tasse
"purse, bag", an occupational name for a maker or seller of purses.
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".