French Submitted Surnames

French names are used in France and other French-speaking regions. See also about French names.
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ABOUTFrench
It is a french surname that comes from the french word 'about', meaning "an extremity of a metallic or wooden element or piece." This surname is notably born by the French novelist Edmond François Valentin About... [more]
ABREOFrench, Italian
Abreo or its variant Abreu comes from the French Alfred (alf = Elf; fred = conseil). The meaning is wise counselor.... [more]
ACEEnglish, Norman, Medieval French
The surname Ace's origin is from a Norman and Old French personal name, Ace, Asse, from Germanic Frankish origin Azzo, Atso, a pet form of personal names containing adal ‘noble’ as a first element.
ACHARDFrench
From the given name Achard.
AIMÉHaitian Creole, French (African)
Means "loved, love" in French.
ALARIEFrench, French (Quebec)
French: reflex of the Visigothic personal name Alaric, which is composed of Germanic elements meaning ‘all power’. This form was established in Quebec from 1681.
ALBINETFrench
Derived from the medieval French masculine given name Albinet, which was a diminutive (as the -et suffix indicates) of the given name Albin.... [more]
ALLAIREMedieval French, French (Quebec), French (Huguenot)
Allaire is the name of a village in Northwestern France(Brittany) near Vannes. The name may have Breton origins. At least two separate branches of the family came to the New World in the 17th Century... [more]
ALLEMANFrench (Cajun), Spanish (Canarian), German
From the French and Spanish word for "German". Believed to have originated in the Alsace-Lorraine region. Some holders of the name migrated to the Canary Islands and are part of the larger Isleños population that settled throughout the Americas... [more]
ALLEMANDFrench
Means "Germany" in French.
ALLEYEnglish, French (Anglicized)
From a Middle English personal name, Alli, Alleye, as forms such as Johannes filius Alli (Norfolk, 1205) make clear. This is of Scandinavian origin, cognate with Old Danish Alli, Old Swedish Alle... [more]
ALLORFrench (Quebec)
Common Canadian spelling of the French surname Allard, reflecting the French pronunciation.
ALYEAFrench (Huguenot)
Is traced back to France in 1400's. The family with this last name came over to the United States, mainly on the East Coast in the 16th century as huguenot refugees.
AMAURYFrench
From the given name Amaury... [more]
AMORYEnglish, Norman
English from a Germanic personal name, Aimeri, composed of the elements haim ‘home’ + ric ‘power’. (The same elements constitute the etymology of Henry.) The name was introduced into England from France by the Normans... [more]
ANOUILHFrench
From Catalan anull, meaning "slow worm". It is originally a nickname given to a spineless and slow person. The French author Jean Anouilh is a famous bearer of this surname.
ANTOINEFrench
From the given name Antoine.
ARABIEFrench
Ethnic name denoting someone from Arabia or an Arabic-speaking person.
ARAGONSpanish, Catalan, French
A surname and an autonomous community of Spain.
ARBOURFrench (Quebec)
Variant of Harbour or possibly a variant of Harbaud or Herbert.
ARCHEAMBEAUFrench
The name Archambeau is derived from the Latin personal name 'Arcambaldus'. In turn the name 'Arcambaldus', is derived from the Germanic word 'Ercan', which means precious in Germanic, and 'bald', meaning bold and daring.... [more]
ARISTIDEHaitian Creole, French (African)
From the given name Aristide. A notable bearer is Jean-Bertrand Aristide (1953-), the 37th and 39th President of Haiti.
ARMUIERFrench
French for "armorer."
AROUETFrench
A famous bearer was French philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778), whose birth name was François-Marie Arouet.
ARQUETTEFrench
From arquet meaning "little bow" or "little arch" (diminutive of arche, from Latin arcus). It was originally an occupational name for an archer, but the French word arquet(te) is also found in the sense 'market trader' (originally, perhaps, one with a stall underneath an arch)... [more]
ARSENAULTFrench (Acadian)
From French arsenal meaning "workshop". This is the occupational surname for someone who worked at an arsenal.
ATELIERFrench, English
From the French atelier meaning "workshop," referring to the workplace of an artist in the fine or decorative arts, particularly during the Middle Ages and into the 19th century.
AUBINFrench
From the French given name Aubin.
AUBINEFrench (Rare)
Derived from the medieval French feminine given name Aubine, which was the French form of Albina. But in other words, you could also say that Aubine was the feminine form of Aubin.
AUBINETFrench (Rare)
Derived from the medieval French masculine given name Aubinet, which was a diminutive (as the -et suffix indicates) of the given name Aubin.... [more]
AUBUCHONFrench (Modern, ?)
The Aubuchon name is French, but of uncertain origin. It is probably from the patronymic prefix au + buchon, a dialect term for a woodcutter (Standard French bûcheron).
AUCLAIRFrench
Patronymic from the personal name Clair or the nickname Leclair (‘the cheerful one’): (fils) à Leclair ‘(son) of Leclair’. It has also absorbed cases of Auclerc (from LeClerc).
AUDELINFrench
Variant of ODELIN, which is not to be confused with ODELÍN as it is Spanish while the other one is French, though they could have similar origins in name.
AUDETFrench
Southern French nickname from Gascon dialect audet "bird", variant of standard Occitan ausèl (modern French oiseau).
BABELFrench
Either (i) from the medieval French personal name Babel, apparently adopted from that of St Babylas, a 3rd-century Christian patriarch of Antioch, the origins of which are uncertain; or (ii) an invented Jewish name based on German or Polish Babel "Babylon".
BACONEnglish, French, Norman
An occupational surname for someone who sold pork, from Middle English and Old French bacun or bacon, meaning 'bacon', which is ultimately of Germanic origin. Can also be derived from the Germanic given names Baco, Bacco, or Bahho, from the root bag-, meaning 'to fight'... [more]
BAINScottish, French, English
Nickname for a hospitable person from northern Middle English beyn, bayn meaning "welcoming", "friendly".... [more]
BARBEFrench
Nickname for someone with a beard, Old French barbe (Latin barba).
BARBEFrench
From the given name BARBE.
BARBINFrench
Diminutive of BARBE.
BARBONFrench (Quebec)
Derived from the nickname barbon meaning "old codger" as well as referring to a "confirmed bachelor".
BARILFrench
During the middle ages, when people were named after their given job, Baril was what winemakers and brewers were named. Baril simply means "Barrel" or "Keg"
BARNETTEEnglish, French (?)
Variant of Bernet and perhaps also a variant of English Barnett, under French influence.
BARNOItalian, Ukrainian, French, Ancient Aramaic, Russian
The surname Barno was first found in the north of Italy, especially in Tuscany. The name occasionally appears in the south, usually in forms which end in "o," but the northern forms ending in "i" are much more common... [more]
BARONEnglish, French
From the title of nobility, derived from Middle English & Old French baron (ultimately of Germanic origin). Instead of referring to someone of rank, this surname referred to a service in a baronial household or a peasant with ideas above their station... [more]
BARREAUFrench
Possibly a variant of Barreur, an agent derivative of barrer ‘to bar’, ‘to close or block off’, hence possibly an occupational name for a jailer or doorkeeper.
BARRIEREFrench
Occupational name for a gatekeeper, from Old French barier.
BARRINEAUFrench
The history of the Barrineau family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northern France, to that coastal region known as Normandy. Barrineau is a habitation name, derived from the place name Barrault, in Normandy.... [more]
BASTIATFrench
Meaning of this name is unknown. Possibly derived from Sebastian The surname Bastiat was first found in Poitou, where this family held a family seat since ancient times.
BAUDELAIREFrench
A French surname, coming from the word "baudelaire", which is a short, broad, and curved sword used in heraldry.
BAUDRICFrench (Rare)
Derived from the medieval French given name Baudric, which was a variant form of Baldéric, the French form of Baldric.
BAUDRYFrench
Derived from the medieval French given name Baudry, which was a variant form of Baudric, a given name that itself was a variant form of Baldéric (see Baldric). A known bearer of this surname was the French painter Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry (1828-1886).
BAYEnglish, French, Dutch
Derived from Middle English and Old French bay, bai and Middle Dutch bay, all meaning "reddish brown". It was originally a nickname for someone with a hair color similar to that.
BEAUCHAMPEnglish, French
From the Old French "beau, bel" meaning "fair" and "lovely" and "champ(s)" meaning "field" or "plain." It is the name of several places in France. It is also the surname of the Beauchamp Family in the hit series Witches of East End.
BEAUFAYFrench (Rare)
In most cases, this surname is a locational surname that most likely took its name from the village of Beaufay, which is nowadays located in the Sarthe department of France. The village was called Bello Faeto, Bellofaido and Belfaidus during the Early Middle Ages, ultimately deriving its name from Latin bellus fagus (or bellum fagetum) meaning "beautiful beech tree(s)" or "beautiful beech woodland"... [more]
BEAUFOYFrench (Anglicized, Rare), English (Rare)
Anglicized form of Beaufay. Known bearers of this surname include the English astronomer and physicist Mark Beaufoy (1764-1827) and the British screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (b. 1967).
BEAUNEFrench
Refers to Beaune, France.... [more]
BEAUREGARDFrench
Habitational name from any of various places in France named Beauregard for their fine view or fine aspect, for example in Ain, Dordogne, Drôme, Lot, and Puy-de-Dôme, from beau "fair, lovely" and regard "aspect, outlook".
BEAUSÉJOURFrench (Rare)
Literally means "beautiful sojourn", derived from French beau "beautiful, nice, fine" and French séjour "sojourn, short stay". As such, this surname is most likely a locational surname, in that it originally referred to a scenic place to sojourn in... [more]
BEAUVAISFrench
From French place names derived from "beautiful sight".
BECQUERELFrench
A notable bearer was French scientist Henri Becquerel (1852-1908) who discovered radioactivity. A becquerel (Bq), the SI unit for radioactivity, is named after him.
BÉGONFrench
Probably from French béguin "(male) Beguin", referring to a member of a particular religious order active in the 13th century, and derived from the surname of Lambert le Bègue, the mid-12th-century priest responsible for starting it... [more]
BELLETFrench
Comes from a derivative of bel ‘handsome’.
BELONGERFrench (Quebec)
variant of French Belanger or Boulanger
BENOITFrench
From the given name BENOIT.
BENWAREFrench
Americanized spelling of BENOIT.
BERGERONFrench (Cajun)
Cajun, French Canadian
BERNADOTTEFrench, Swedish
Possibly from the name of a historical province in Southern France named Béarn. This was originally a French non-noble surname. French general Jean Baptise Bernadotte (1763-1844) became the king of Sweden as Charles XIV John (Swedish: Karl XIV Johan) in 1818 and founded the current royal house in Sweden, House of Bernadotte.
BERNEREnglish, Norman
From the Norman personal name Bernier from Old English beornan ‘to burn’, hence an occupational name for a burner of lime (compare German Kalkbrenner) or charcoal. It may also have denoted someone who baked bricks or distilled spirits, or who carried out any other manufacturing process involving burning... [more]
BERNETFrench
From a pet form of Bernard.
BERNOULLIFrench
French patronymic surname that was derived from the first name Bernoul (which was probably derived from Bernold or Bernolf).
BETHENCOURTFrench, English, Portuguese (Rare)
Bettencourt and Bethencourt are originally place-names in Northern France. The place-name element -court (courtyard, courtyard of a farm, farm) is typical of the French provinces, where the Frankish settlements formed an important part of the local population... [more]
BETTENCOURTFrench, English, Portuguese (Rare)
Bettencourt and Bethencourt are originally place-names in Northern France. The place-name element -court (courtyard, courtyard of a farm, farm) is typical of the French provinces, where the Frankish settlements formed an important part of the local population... [more]
BEYFrench, German, Frisian
North German and Frisian: from the Old Frisian personal name Beyo or Boy/Boye (see Boye).... [more]
BIHANBreton
Bihan means small in Breton.
BILLEAUDFrench
From a personal name composed of the Germanic elements bil "sword" (or possibly bili "gentle") + wald "ruler".
BINETTEFrench (Quebec)
Altered spelling of French Binet, a short form of Robinet, a pet form of Robert. The spelling reflects the French Canadian custom of pronouncing the final -t, which would be silent in metropolitan French.
BLACHERFrench
Mainly used in Southern France. Topographic name for someone who lived by an oak grove, originating in the southeastern French dialect word blache ‘oak plantation’ (said to be of Gaulish origin), originally a plantation of young trees of any kind.
BOCQUELETFrench
A famous bearer of this French surname is Ben Bocquelet (1983-), a French-English animator, best known as the creator of the British-American animated television series, The Amazing World Of Gumball.
BODIFrench
The United State Version of Bodi is an alteration of the French name Baudin. The name also has roots from Hungary.
BODINFrench, English
Derived from Old French personal name BODIN or a variant spelling of BAUDOUIN.
BOISFrench, German
From French bois "forest"
BOITEUXFrench, Breton
From a Breton nickname meaning "lame".
BOLLARDFrench
From a personal name composed of the Germanic elements boll "friend", "brother" + hard "hardy", "strong".
BOLLORÉBreton
Bolloré derives from bod which means bush and lore which means laurel in Breton
BONAPARTEItalian (Rare), French (Rare), Judeo-Italian (Rare), American (Rare), Caribbean (Rare)
Variant and French form of Buonaparte. This is also a Jewish surname. A notable bearer was Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1820), who ruled as Emperor of France from 1804 through 1814 and again briefly in 1815, who was of Italian (Tuscan) ancestry... [more]
BONGARDGerman, French
In german a rhenish place name "Obstgarten" (orchard).... [more]
BONNEMAISONFrench
Literally means "good house", derived from French bonne "good" and French maison "house". As such, this surname is most likely a locational surname, in that it originally either referred to someone who lived in a good house (probably more like a mansion) or to someone who was born in (or lived in) the place Bonnemaison, which is nowadays located in the Calvados department of France... [more]
BONSORFrench
Bonsor is from French origin mean good day {Bon soir }
BONUSFrench, German, Dutch
Humanistic Latinization of vernacular names meaning ‘good’, for example French Lebon or Dutch de Goede
BORDEAUXFrench
City in France.
BORNEEnglish, French, Dutch
1. English: variant spelling of Bourne. ... [more]
BOSSERBreton
Bosser means butcher in Breton.
BOSWELLFrench (Anglicized)
"The name Boswell is an Anglicization of the name of a French village: Boseville (Beuzeville)". This was a village of 1400 inhabitants near Yvetot, in Normandy. (from “A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames”, by Charles W. Bardsley, New York, 1901)... [more]
BOUDREAUXFrench
Variant of Beaudreau. Originated in ancient area known as Languedoc, where the family was established. Comes from having lived in Languedoc, where the name was found since the early Middle Ages.
BOULANGERFrench
Means "baker" in French.
BOURBONFrench
The Bourbons were one of the most important ruling houses of Europe . Its members were descended from Louis I, duc de Bourbon from 1327 to 1342, the grandson of the French king Louis IX (ruled 1226-70)... [more]
BOUVIERFrench
Occupational name for a herdsman, from Old French bouvier, Late Latin boviarus, a derivative of bos, genetive bovis "ox."
BOVARYFrench
It is the surname of the famous fictional character Emma Bovary protagonist of Gustave Flaubert's novel.
BOYERFrench
Means "Ox Gaurd," "Ox Leader", and/or "Boy". Origin is French.
BRAILLEFrench
Braille is a writing system used by people with vision impairment. It was named after its inventor Louis Braille (1809-1852).
BRAQUEFrench
Surname of cubist artist Georges Braque.
BRASHEARFrench (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of French Brasseur or Brassier "brewer."
BRASSEURFrench
French and English (of both Norman and Huguenot origin): occupational name for a brewer, from Old French brasser ‘to brew’. See also Brasher.
BRESSONFrench
From a pet form of the personal name Brès (see BRICE).
BRETONFrench, English
French and English: ethnic name for a Breton, from Old French bret (oblique case breton) (see Brett).
BREVARDFrench
French: nickname from Old French bref ‘small’ + the derogatory suffix -ard.... [more]
BRINGHENTTIBreton
Not sure about the origin, but after researches, roughly could say it's from "Breton" origins. Mostly used in north/northwest of Italy (Genova, Mantova and surroundings.
BRUNETTEFrench (Quebec)
Variant of Brunet, reflecting the French Canadian pattern of pronouncing the final -t, which is not pronounced in metropolitan French.
BUFORDEnglish, French (Anglicized)
English: most probably a variant of Beaufort.... [more]
BUNCENorman
Meaning "good" person in old french. Also means "bain"(exeptionaly tall) in old english
BURSwiss, Low German, Czech, French
Swiss and North German variant of Bauer. ... [more]
BURNETTEFrench
Descriptive nickname from Old French burnete ‘brown’ (see Burnett). Possibly also a reduced form of Buronet, from a diminutive of Old French buron ‘hut’, ‘shack’.
CABANISSFrench
Variant spelling of Cabanis, a habitational name from any of various places in Gard named Cabanis, from Late Latin capannis ‘at the huts’, ablative plural of capanna 'hut'. This name was established in North American in the 18th century, probably by Huguenots.
CADEROUSSEFrench, Literature
A character in the classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. In the novel, Caderousse is a tailor and inkeeper who aids in the arrest of Dantès.
CADILLACFrench
From the name of a city in France, of origin I am not sure of (anyone who knows the name's etymology edit this). This is most notably the name of the car company of the same name, named after Detroit, Michigan founder Antoine de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac.
CAINEFrench, English
Originally from a French derogatory nickname for someine with a bad temper.
CAMPIONNorman, French
English (of Norman origin) and French: status name for a professional champion (see Champion, Kemp), from the Norman French form campion.
CANADAFrench, English
It derives from the Middle English "cane", a development of the Old French "cane", meaning cane, reed.
CANTELOUPFrench
Name of several places in France. The surname means "Song of the Wolf" from canta and loup as in "place where the wolves howl".
CARLINFrench
From a pet form of Charles.
CARREFrench
French (Carré): from Old French carré "square", applied as a nickname for a squat, thickset man.
CARRELFrench
French: from Old French quar(r)el ‘bolt (for a crossbow)’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of crossbow bolts or a nickname for a short, stout man. The word also meant ‘paving slab’, and so it could also have been a metonymic occupational name for a street layer... [more]
CARTIERFrench, Norman
Original Norman French form of Carter. A notable bearer was Breton-French explorer Jacques Cartier (1491-1557), who is known for discovering the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
CARVILLEFrench, Irish
As a French location name it comes from a settlement in Normandy. As an Irish name it derives from a word for "warrior".
CASANABEFrench
CASANABE is a French name meaning New house.
CASEFrench
Case. A hut, a hovel.
CASSATTFrench
Origin uncertain. This is not known as a surname in Britain. It may be an Americanized form of a French name such as Casault.
CASSEFrench
Means "oak" in Gallo-Roman
CASTILLEFrench
Regional name for someone from Castile in central Spain (see Castilla).
CASTILLONFrench
means "castle"
CAVENorman, French, English
A name of various possible origins. As a Norman French name Cave can mean "bald" from cauf or it can mean "worker in a wine cellar" or "one who dwelt in or near a cave". As an English name Cave refers to a Yorkshire river whose fast current inspired the name meaning "swift".
CÉSAIREHaitian Creole, French Creole, French (African)
From the given name Césaire. A notable bearer was Aimé Césaire (1913-2008), a Martiniquais politician and writer.
CHABOTFrench
From chabot ‘bull-head’, a species of fish with a large head, hence a nickname for someone with a big head and a small body.
CHALLONERFrench, Welsh
Derived from a town in France of the same name. This family derive their origin from Macloy Crum, of the line of chiefs in Wales, who resided several years in Challoner.
CHAMBONFrench
A very popular last name in France.
CHAMPINFrench
It is the french form of Chapman
CHAMPLAINFrench
Name given to those who live in or around fields. Known barrer of the name is Samuel de Champlain who founded Quebec, Canada and after whom the lake is named.
CHAPINFrench, Spanish
From a reduced form of French eschapin or Spanish chapín, a term for a light (woman's) shoe; perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore this type of footwear or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker.
CHAPPELLFrench
Middle English and Old French for one associated with or living near a chapel.
CHARISSEFrench
Of unknown meaning. It was used as a given name in honour of American actress and dancer Cyd Charisse (1921-2008).
CHARLESFrench, Welsh, English
Derived from the given name Charles.
CHARRETIERFrench
French form of Carter.
CHARRUEFrench
French for "cartwright."
CHASEFrench
Topographic name for someone who lived in or by a house, probably the occupier of the most distinguished house in the village, from a southern derivative of Latin casa "hut, cottage, cabin".
CHASTANGFrench
Derived from Olde French castanh meaning "chestnut". Possibly a location or occupation name.
CHAUVINFrench (Quebec)
From France to Canada to the US
CHAUXFrench
French / Switzerland.... [more]
CHÉNIERFrench
French surname which indicated one who lived in an oak wood or near a conspicuous oak tree, derived from Old French chesne "oak" (Late Latin caxinus). In some cases it may be from a Louisiana dialectical term referring to "an area of shrub oak growing in sandy soil" (i.e., "beach ridge, usually composed of sand-sized material resting on clay or mud... [more]
CHENIERFrench (Cajun)
A sandy or shelly beach. Derived from the French word for wood, “chêne,” meaning oak.
CHOPINFrench
French and English: nickname for a heavy drinker, from Old French chopine, a large liquid measure (from Middle Low German schopen "ladle"). The derived Old French verb chopiner has the sense 'to tipple’, ‘to drink to excess’... [more]
CHOQUETTEFrench
Altered spelling of French Choquet, a Picard form of Old French soquet, which was the term for a tax on wines and foodstuffs, hence a metonymic occupational name for a collector of such taxes.
CHRYSANTHEFrench
From the Greek Χρύσανθος (Chrysanthos), meaning "golden flower". This surname was first given to children found on October 25, the feast day of Saint Chrysanthos.
CLAUDEFrench
From the first name Claude.
CLAUDELFrench
From the given name Claudel.
CLAVELLFrench
The first documented records of the surname Clavell appear in Catalunya between 1291 and 1327. The word clavell traces back to the Indo-European words "kleu", later "klawo" meaning a metal tool. In Latin "clavus", it eventually became a surname "Clavell".
CLOUDFrench
From the Germanic personal name Hlodald, composed of the elements hlod "famous, clear" and wald "rule", which was borne by a saint and bishop of the 6th century.
COLLARDEnglish, French
English and French: from the personal name Coll + the pejorative suffix -ard.
COLLETFrench
From a pet form of Colle.
COLLINESFrench
French for "hillbanks".
COMEAUFrench, French (Acadian), Louisiana Creole
French: from a Gascon diminutive of Combe.
COMEAUXFrench (Acadian), French Creole
Variant spelling of French Comeau.
COMMANDERAnglo-Saxon, French
From Middle English comander, comandor and comandour and also from Old French comandeor, all meaning "commander", "leader" or "ruler". The first recorded use of the name is through a family seat held in Somerset.
CORDAYFrench
Either from the French word corde meaning "cord/rope/string", or from the Latin word cor meaning "heart." This was the surname of Charlotte Corday, the assassin who killed Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat during the French revolution.
CORDERFrench (Anglicized, Archaic), English (American)
Linked to both English, French and Spanish origin. Cordier, Cordero, Corder- one who makes cord. Can refer to both the act of making cords (rope), cores of fire wood, or actual location names.... [more]
CORMIERFrench
French topographic name for someone who lived near a sorb or service tree, Old French cormier (from corme, the name of the fruit for which the tree was cultivated, apparently of Gaulish origin).
COTTONEnglish, French
English: habitational name from any of numerous places named from Old English cotum (dative plural of cot) ‘at the cottages or huts’ (or sometimes possibly from a Middle English plural, coten)... [more]
COURCELLESFrench
The name of several places in France, Belgium and Canada. In Middle French the word courcelle was used to describe a "small court" or a "small garden". The word is derived from the medieval Gallo-Romance and Gallo-Italian word corticella, which was formed from the Latin word cohors, meaning "court" or "enclosure", and the diminutive –icella.... [more]
COURTIERFrench, Medieval French, Medieval English
French: habitational name from places called Courtier (Seine-et-Marne, Aples-de-Haute-Provence), Courtié (Tarn), or Courtière (Loir-et-Cher). ... [more]
COURTOISFrench
French form of Curtis.... [more]
COUSINSFrench
"Relative" in Old French.
COVERTEnglish, French
The surname is probably topographical, for someone who either lived by a sheltered bay, or more likely an area sheltered by trees. The formation is similar to couvert, meaning a wood or covert, and originally from the Latin "cooperio", to cover... [more]
CRETEFrench
French (adjectival form Crété ‘crested’): nickname for an arrogant individual, from Old French creste ‘crest (of a hill)’ (Late Latin crista), used with reference to the comb of a rooster... [more]
CRISPINEnglish, French
From the Middle English, Old French personal name CRISPIN.
CROZIEREnglish, French
English and French occupational name for one who carried a cross or a bishop’s crook in ecclesiastical processions, from Middle English, Old French croisier.
CULVÉRTFrench, English, Irish
English version of the Old French, Culvere. Means Peaceful and Mildest of tempers.
CURIEFrench
Occupational name for a farm hand, from Old French éscuerie "stable".
D'ABBADIEFrench, English, Occitan
Means "of the Abbey" from the Occitan abadia. Variants Abadia, Abbadie, Abadie, Abada, and Badia mean "Abbey".
D'ABBEVILLEFrench
Means "of Abbeville" Abbeville is a commune in France. Takes its name from Latin Abbatis Villa meaning "Abbot's Village".
DAMEFrench, English
From the old French dame, "lady" ultimately from Latin domina, "mistress".
DAMERONFrench
Nickname for a foppish or effeminate young man, Old French dameron, a derivative of Latin dominus "lord", "master" plus two diminutive endings suggestive of weakness or childishness.
DAMIANFrench, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Polish
From the medieval personal name Damian, Greek Damianos (from damazein "to subdue"). St. Damian was an early Christian saint martyred in Cilicia in ad 303 under the emperor Domitian, together with his brother Cosmas... [more]
DANCYFrench, English
Denoted a person from Annecy, France.
DANSERGerman, French, English
German: variant of Danzer. Altered spelling of English Dancer.... [more]
D'AOUSTFrench
D'Aoust, denotes someone from Aoust(e) in France. Aouste is situated in the Ardennes department (Champagne-Ardenne region) in the north-east of France at 29 km from Charleville-Mézières, the department capital... [more]
D'ARCYEnglish, French, Norman
Originally a Norman French surname, meaning "from Arcy"... [more]
D'ARTAGNANFrench, Literature
Surname given to a person from Artagnan, France. It is also used by Charles de Batz-Castelmore d'Artagnan, the captain of the Musketeers from the novel, "The Three Musketeers".
DAUGHTRYEnglish, Norman
English (of Norman origin) habitational name, with fused French preposition d(e), for someone from Hauterive in Orne, France, named from Old French haute rive ‘high bank’ (Latin alta ripa).
D'AUREVALLEFrench (Archaic)
This medieval surname literally means "from Aurevalle". Aurevalle can refer to any of the three French communes that are nowadays known by the more modern spelling Orival. All of them ultimately derive their name from Latin aurea vallis meaning "golden vale" or "golden valley".
D'AURÉVILLEFrench
Variant spelling of d'Aureville.
D'AUREVILLEFrench
This surname literally means "from Aureville". Aureville is a commune in southwestern France, which was established in late medieval times. It derives its name from Latin aurea villa or villa aurea which literally means "golden country-house, golden farm" but of course later came to mean "golden village".
D'AUREVILLYFrench
Variant form of d'Aureville. A known bearer of this name was the French novelist Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly (1808-1889).
D’BAILLEUPicard
This indicates familial origin within the commune of Bailleu.
DEBLOISFrench (Gallicized)
French surname meaning "From Blois", a town in Mid-Western France. The origins of the surname started back in the 1600s when a man named Grégoire Guérard traveled to Flanders (Now Belgium) and immigrated to New France (Now Canada) in 1658... [more]
DEBSFrench
From the given name Debus, a variant of Thebs or Thebus, which was an altered short form of Mattheus. This was borne by American union leader Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926).
DE CLERMONTFrench
Means "of the bright hill" from the French de meaning "of" and clair, cler 'bright', 'clear' + mont 'hill'
DEDEAUXFrench
Meaning uncertain. Probably a habitual surname for someone from Deaux in Gare.
DEFORDFrench
Variant of Dufort meaning "son of the strong" from French de-, "of" and fort, "strong". Notable namesake is author Frank Deford.
DEFORGEFrench
This is a surname of French origins. Introduced into England after the famous Invasion and Conquest of 1066, it is residential, but also possibly occupational. It is a surname which in its different forms is widely recorded heraldically, and particularly in the French regions of Brittany and Normandy... [more]
DEFRAINFrench
Variant of FRAIN combined with the French de "from".... [more]
DE LA BOULAYEFrench
This indicates familial origin within the Bourgignon commune of La Boulaye.
DELAGARDELLEFrench
Habitational name for someone from Lagardelle, a place in Haute Garonne.
DELEURANFrench (Huguenot), Danish
Huguenot surname of unknown origin. This family emigrated to Denmark in the 16th century, and now most members of the family are Danish
DE LÉVISFrench
This indicates familial origin within the Orléanais commune of Lévis-Saint-Nom.
DE LINIERSFrench
This indicates familial origin within the Poitevin commune of Liniers.
DELOREYFrench (Anglicized)
Anglicized version of Deslauriers, a topographic name for someone living among laurels, a combination of the fused preposition and plural definite article des ‘from the’ + the plural of Old French lorier ‘laurel’.
DEMAREEFrench (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of French Desmarais.
DEMERCHANTFrench (Acadian)
A name meaning "the merchant", though the spelling indicates dutch origins.
DEMERSFrench
From French meaning "of the seas". A famous bearer of this surname was Modeste Demers, a bishop in 18th century Vancouver.
DEMESTREFrench
It's an occupational word coming from Latin. It means "master". It is of French origin.
DENONCOURTFrench (Quebec)
Possibly a habitational name.
DEPAULFrench
Son of Paul
DERNIERFrench
Means Last in French
DEROBOAMFrench
unknown possibly french, family has french origins
DESCHENESFrench
"Chenes" is French for "oak tree". In French, "Des" means more than one. "Des"+ "Chenes"= Deschenes meaning "Many oak trees."
DESJARDINFrench
Variant of Desjardins today used primarily by Americans of French descent.
DESLAURIERSFrench (Quebec)
A topographic name for someone living among laurels, a combination of the fused preposition and plural definite article des ‘from the’ + the plural of Old French lorier ‘laurel’.