French Submitted Surnames
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From French meaning "of the seas". A famous bearer of this surname was Modeste Demers, a bishop in 18th century Vancouver.
It's an occupational word coming from Latin. It means "master". It is of French origin.
DESANGES French (Rare)
Means "from the angels", possibly connected to the French title of the Virgin Mary Notre Dame des Anges
, meaning "Our Lady of the Angels". Bearers of this surname include Louis William Desanges (1822-1905), an English artist of French descent, and French historian Jehan Desanges (1929-).
"Chenes" is French for "oak tree". In French, "Des" means more than one. "Des"+ "Chenes"= Deschenes meaning "Many oak trees."
DESLAURIERS French (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’.
Habitational name for someone from any of various places named with Old French mareis, maresc ‘marsh’, as for example Les Marets, in Seine-et-Marne, Centre, Nord, and Picardy.
DESNOYERS French (Quebec)
Means "of the walnut trees", from French word "noyer", meaning walnut. "Des noyers" literally translates to "the walnuts".
DES ROCHES French
Either a topographic name for someone living among rocks or a habitational name from any of several places named with this word, meaning "from the rocks" in French.
DEVALL French, English
Devall (also DeVall) is a surname of Norman origin with both English and French ties.Its meaning is derived from French the town of Deville, Ardennes. It was first recorded in England in the Domesday Book.In France, the surname is derived from 'de Val' meaning 'of the valley.'
French surname meaning, 'The Village', from French De- 'the' and Ville- 'Village'.
French: variant of De Var
, a habitational name for someone from a place named Var, for example in Charente. Respelling of French Devors
, a habitational name, with the preposition de
, for someone from Vors in Aveyron.
From Old French Dieu la foy
meaning "God the faith". Famous bearers were the married couple of French archeologists Marcel Dieulafoy (1844-1920) and Jane Dieulafoy (1951-1916). A medical condition of the stomach causing gastric bleeding called "Dieulafoy's lesion" was named after Dr... [more]
Meaning “given to God”, surname given to a child because they were given to a priest or monastery or either an orpan.
Nickname for a softie, possibly derived from Old French do(u)ille
meaning "soft, tender".
Meaning "lives near willow trees" or possibly someone who made goods, such as baskets, from willow wood.
DRAGON French, English
Nickname or occupational name for someone who carried a standard in battle or else in a pageant or procession, from Middle English, Old French dragon
"snake, monster" (Latin draco
, genitive draconis
, from Greek drakōn
, ultimately from derkesthai
"to flash")... [more]
DRAGOO American, French (Huguenot)
Americanized form of Dragaud
, a French (Huguenot) surname derived from the Germanic given name Dragwald
, itself derived from the elements drag-
meaning "to carry" and wald
Derived from the Old Norse given name Draki or the Old English given name Draca both meaning "dragon".
DRURY English, French, Irish
Originally a Norman French nickname, derived from druerie
"love, friendship" (itself a derivative of dru
"lover, favourite, friend" - originally an adjective, apparently from a Gaulish word meaning "strong, vigourous, lively", but influenced by the sense of the Old High German element trut
"dear, beloved").... [more]
DuBosque means 'of the forest' in french and was a surname given typically to someone from a rural treed area.
The name DUFAU come from two French words DU which means « of the » and FAU which is old French for a beech tree. Surnames in France were given later so the person with this name meant he/she had a beech tree in his property... [more]
Alternate spelling of Dufau, meaning "of the beech tree."
Topographic name for someone who lived near a prominent ash tree from Old French fraisne fresne
"ash" from Latin fraxinus
Topographic name for someone who lived in a hamlet, from Old French hamel, a diminutive of ham "homestead", with fused preposition and definite article du.
DUPAIN French (Rare), Popular Culture
Means "of the bread", from French pain
meaning "bread". It is borne by fictional character Marinette Dupain-Cheng of the TV series 'Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir'.
From the French du pin
, pronounced /dypɛ̃/, meaning "of the pine tree". It was the real name of the French writer Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, known as George Sand (1804-1876), and her great-grandmother Louise Dupin (1706-1799), an early feminist thinker in the Enlightenment period.
Derived from the place called D'urban or D'urbin in Languedoc
Derived from French dur
meaning "hard, tough".
EMERY English, French, Norman
English and French from a Germanic personal name, Emaurri
, composed of the elements amja
‘busy’, ‘industrious’ + ric
‘power’. The name was introduced into England from France by the Normans... [more]
ENGELBERT German, English, French
From a Germanic personal name composed of engel
) + berht
‘bright’, ‘famous’. The widespread popularity of the name in France during the Middle Ages was largely a result of the fact that it had been borne by a son-in-law of Charlemagne
; in the Rhineland it was more often given in memory of a bishop of Cologne (1216–25) of this name, who was martyred.
ERMAN German (Modern), French (Modern)
Erman is a shortened French adaption of the Swiss-German surname Ermendinger
, itself derived from the older surname Ermatinger
, a name connected to the village of Ermatingen on the Swiss shore of Lake Constance, and came into existence during the early or middle 18th century when Jean-Georges Ermendinger (1710-1767), a Swiss fur trader from Geneva, married into a French speaking Huguenotte family... [more]
Possibly derived from the french 'fard' meaning 'made-up' or 'make-up'. This is in a theatrical sense and does not imply lying. Very possibly a derivation form a theatrical occupation
Reduced or Americanized form of La Farge/Lafarge.
FARRAGUT Breton, French, Catalan, American
A Breton-French surname of unknown origin. A notable bearer was American naval flag officer David Farragut (1801-1870), who is known for serving during the American Civil War. His father was of Catalan ancestry... [more]
FAYE French, English
Refers to one who came from Fay or Faye (meaning "beech tree") in France.
FERRAND French, English
This French surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a nickname (thus making it a descriptive surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval French masculine given name Ferrand
, which was a variant form of the name Fernand
, itself a contraction of Ferdinand
FERRANDIN French (Rare)
This French surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from the name of a profession (thus making it an occupational surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the masculine given name Ferrandin
, which was a diminutive of the medieval French given name Ferrand
This is actually a standard word in French, correctly pronounce like "furry" without the r's. It means "leaf", or "sheet" (i.e. feuille de papier).
"son", used to identify the younger of two bearers of the same personal name in a family.
FIRMAN English, French
From a medieval personal name meaning "firm, resolute, strong man." Borne by early saints and bishops. First name variants Firman
. Expressed in Latin as Firminus.
French form of FLAVINIUS
. The Flavigny Abbey, in the French region of Burgundy, became famous because of the candies made by its Benedictine monks, called the anise of Flavigny. Famous bearers were Hugh of Flavigny, young abbot in the 11th century, and the French writer Marie d'Agoult, born Marie de Flavigny, who wrote under the male pen name Daniel Stern.
FORET French, French Creole
From Old French forest
‘forest’, a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a royal forest, or an occupational name for a keeper or worker in one. See also Forrest
. This surname is frequent in Louisiana.
Means 'strong shield' from French elements fort
meaning "strong" and escu
Derived from the Germanic given name Folcwald
, which was composed of the elements fulc
"people" and wald
"power, leader, ruler". This was borne by the French physicist Léon Foucault (1819-1868), the creator of an experimental device called Foucault's pendulum which serves to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth; examples can be found in the French Panthéon and the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris... [more]
FOUQUEREAU French (Quebec)
Jean Fouquereau was born on November 6, 1617, in Anjou, Isère, France, his father, Louis, was 23 and his mother, Catherine, was 20. He married Renee Bataille on December 31, 1639, in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France... [more]
From a medieval nickname based on Old French foi
"faith", applied either to a notably pious person or to one who frequently used the word as an oath; also, from the medieval French female personal name Foy
, from Old French foi
Topographic name for someone who lived near a prominent ash tree from Old French fraisne fresne
"ash" from Latin fraxinus
Ethnic name for an inhabitant of France, a country in Europe.
Dutch spelling of Frere (brother); another variant spelling is Frear.
FRINK Anglo-Saxon, Norman
It was a name given to a person who was referred to as being free or generous. The surname was originally derived from the Old French franc, which meant "liberal, generous." ... The surname also has origins from the Norman official title, the frank which also means free.
GAINES English, Norman, Welsh
English (of Norman origin): nickname for a crafty or ingenious person, from a reduced form of Old French engaine
‘ingenuity’, ‘trickery’ (Latin ingenium
‘native wit’). The word was also used in a concrete sense of a stratagem or device, particularly a trap.... [more]
GALANTE Italian, French, Jewish
Comes from the ancient French word "galant" meaning someone in love or who has fun. In the case of Mordecai Galante, a Spanish exile in 16th century Rome, his courteous manners won for him from the Roman nobles the surname "Galantuomo" (gentleman), from which Galante was eventually derived.... [more]
From pet form of any of the compound personal names formed with gamal, related to Old Norse gamall, Old German gamel "old", "aged". ... [more]
From the French gandin
, pronounced /ɡɑ̃dœ̃/, which is a word used for a dandy, an elegant young man with affected, quite often ridiculous, manners.
Variant of Gauthier
. In this spelling, the name has been established in both Italy (Turin) and Germany (Brunswick) since about 1700
GAY English, French
Nickname for a lighthearted or cheerful person, from Middle English, Old French gai
GAY English, Norman
Habitational name from places in Normandy called Gaye, from an early proprietor bearing a Germanic personal name cognate with Wade.
From the English word, which is in turn from French gentrie
, referring to that which is "noble," or the "nobility." From earlier gentillece
, which was originally from gentil
GERMAN English, Norman, German, Jewish, Greek
From Old French germain
meaning "German". This sometimes denoted an actual immigrant from Germany, but was also used to refer to a person who had trade or other connections with German-speaking lands... [more]
GILLIARD French, Swiss
French and Swiss French from a derivative of Gillier
, from the Germanic personal name Giselher
, composed of gisil
‘hostage’, ‘pledge’, ‘noble offspring’ (see Giesel
) + heri
GOBER English, French
The surname Gober was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed.
GOGNON French, Occitan
Nickname for an aggressive or belligerent man, from Old French Gagnon
‘ mastiff’, ‘guard dog’. Possibly from Occitan ganhon ‘young pig’, applied as an offensive nickname. See also Gonyeau
GOMBERT French, German
French and German: from Gundbert
, a Germanic personal name composed of the elements gund ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. The name was relatively popular in both France and Germany during the Middle Ages, and was also adopted by Ashkenazic Jews... [more]
My family surname originated in southern French-speaking Belgium. There is a tiny village called Gonzeville in northern France near the Belgian border which you can find on Wikipedia. Many surnames from French speaking Belgium have 5 or 6 letters and end in -ze, such as Gonze and Meeze... [more]
Breton combination of gour
meaning "a charming, affable, gentle or conciliatory man". The digraph -ff
was introduced by Middle Ages' authors to indicate a nasalized vowel.
GRANGE English, French
English and French topographic name for someone who lived by a granary, from Middle English, Old French grange
‘granary’, ‘barn’, from granum
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of gravelly soil, from Old French grave
"gravel" (of Celtic origin).
GREELEY English, Norman
English (of Norman origin): nickname for someone with a pock-marked face, from Old Northern French greslé
‘pitted’, ‘scarred’ (from gresle
‘hailstone’, of Germanic origin).
Occupational name for a grain merchant (from Latin granarius), or a topographic name for someone who lived by a granary (from Latin granarium) or a metonymic occupational name for someone who supervised or owned one.
From a diminutive of Old French griffe
"claw", hence a nickname for a grasping or vicious person, or perhaps for someone with a deformed or otherwise remarkable hand.
French spelling, often found in Canada, of Groult, Grould, possibly reduced forms of Gréoul
, a personal name of Germanic origin, composed of the elements gred
"hunger" + wolf
GUIDRY French (Cajun)
From a personal name based on the Germanic root waido ‘hunt’. The name is particularly associated with Cajuns in LA, who seem all to be descended from Claude Guédry
dit Grivois, who arrived in Acadia before 1671.... [more]
Comes from Guillemme or William of Normandy. Reference 1066: The Battle of Hastings.
GUY English, French
From a French form of the Germanic personal name Wido
, which is of uncertain origin. This name was popular among the Normans in the forms Wi
as well as in the rest of France in the form Guy
HAROLD English, Norman, German
English from the Old English personal name Hereweald
, its Old Norse equivalent Haraldr
, or the Continental form Herold
introduced to Britain by the Normans. These all go back to a Germanic personal name composed of the elements heri
‘army’ + wald
‘rule’, which is attested in Europe from an early date; the Roman historian Tacitus
records a certain Cariovalda
, chief of the Germanic tribe of the Batavi, as early as the 1st century ad... [more]
HÄSSLI German (Swiss), French (Rare)
Swiss German diminutive form of Haas
. This is a French surname via Alsace-Lorraine. A notable bearer is French footballer (soccer player) Eric Hassli (1981-).
HAY English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Frisian
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e)
(Old English (ge)hæg
, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye
‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
HAZARD English, French, Dutch
Nickname for an inveterate gambler or a brave or foolhardy man prepared to run risks, from Middle English, Old French hasard
, Middle Dutch hasaert
(derived from Old French) "game of chance", later used metaphorically of other uncertain enterprises... [more]
HERBARTH German, Norman
References Old Norse Deity "Odin" being one of the "Son's of Odin". Remember that the Geats became the Ostrogoths through the Denmark pass--referenced in Beowulf. Or, it means "Warrior of the Bearded One", perhaps a King... [more]
HILBERT English, French, Dutch, German
English, French, Dutch, and German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’.
HOLLIER English, French
Occupational name for a male brothel keeper, from a dissimilated variant of Old French horier
"pimp", which was the agent noun of hore
"whore, prostitute". Hollier
was probably also used as an abusive nickname in Middle English and Old French.... [more]
Victor Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He was also the writer of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'Les Misérables'.
HUMBERT German, Dutch, French
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hun
"Hun, giant" or hun
"bear cub" and berht
"bright, famous". This was particularly popular in the Netherlands and North Germany during the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of a 7th-century St... [more]
HURRELL English, Norman
English (of Norman origin) from a derivative of Old French hurer
‘to bristle or ruffle’, ‘to stand on end’ (see Huron
HUVAL French (Cajun)
The Huval name has historically been labeled German or Acadian (Cajun), however, recently more information has been discovered that shows the Huvals came directly from France.... [more]
ILES English (British), French
English (mainly Somerset and Gloucestershire): topographic name from Anglo-Norman French isle ‘island’ (Latin insula) or a habitational name from a place in England or northern France named with this element.
From the medieval French personal name Imbert
, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "vast-bright".
JAY English, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French jay(e)
"jay (the bird)", probably referring to an idle chatterer or a showy person, although the jay was also noted for its thieving habits.
Means "little Jean" from Old French petit
"small" and the given name Jean
, originally a nickname for a small man called Jean (or applied ironically to a large man), or a distinguishing epithet for the younger of two men named Jean.... [more]
JETER French (Huguenot), German
Jeter is a French and German surname. It is the last name of former New York Yankees baseball player, Derek Jeter. It's also the last name of Carmelita Jeter, an American sprinter who specializes in the 100 meter sprint.
JOB English, French, German, Hungarian
English, French, German, and Hungarian from the personal name Iyov
, borne by a Biblical character, the central figure in the Book of Job, who was tormented by God and yet refused to forswear Him... [more]
JOLICOEUR French (Quebec), Haitian Creole
From Old French joli
"joyful, cheerful" and cuer
"heart". It was originally a nickname for a cheerful person. This was a frequent French Canadian secondary surname (or dit
From French Jolie
"pretty one" and the popular suffix -et
"little" meaning "pretty little one."
JOY French (Latinized)
Joy \joy\ as a girl's name is pronounced joy. It is of Old French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Joy is "joy". Used in the Middle Ages, and made popular in the 17th century under the influence of the Puritans, to whom being "joyful in the Lord" was an important duty... [more]
From a personal name (Latin Julius
). The name was borne in the Middle Ages in honor of various minor Christian saints.
Breton form of Carter
. This was the birth surname of Breton-French explorer Jacques Cartier (1491-1557), who is known for discovering the gulf of St. Lawrence.
Possibly derived from a Breton place name, apparently composed of Breton kêr
"city" and the name Jean
Occupational or status name for a tenant farmer, from borde
"small farm" (from Frankish bord
"plank") and the definite article la
Topographic name from l’abri meaning "the shelter", or a habitational name from a place named with this word.
French (western and southwestern): topographic name for someone living in or near a ravine, from la combe ‘the ravine’ (a word of Gaulish origin, related to English Combe).... [more]
Means "the cross" in French. It originally denoted someone who lived near a cross.
LAFLÈCHE French (Quebec)
A French-Canadian secondary surname from "Richer dit Laflèche," used independently since 1746. Laflèche is derived from the French town of La Flèche, in the former province of Anjou.
French: nickname from Old French agace, agasse ‘magpie’ + the definite article l’.
French: topographic name for someone who lived by a granary, a variant of Grange
, with the definite article la.
Locational name for someone who lived near a hedge or large bush, from old French "La" the and "Haie" hedge.
French (Normandy): habitational name from any of various places in Normandy, so named from Old Norse lundr
‘grove’, with the definite article la
LAMBILLOTTE French (Modern)
Currently, a common name in Wallonia, Belgium with some descendants in USA. Believed to be derived from three terms..."lamb" "ill" "otte". The first term has remained unchanged from early Germanic term; the second is latin for "of the" and the third a dimiuative or feminine form suffix... [more]
LANDE French, Norwegian, Jewish
French: topographic name for someone living on a heath, lande
(from Gaulish landa
‘space’, ‘land’), or a habitational name from any of numerous minor places named La Lande from this word.... [more]
LANDRY French, English
From the Germanic personal name Landric
, a compound of land
"land" and ric
LANSDOWNE French, English
The first marquis lansdowne, land owners for there lords and farmers also know as tenants.
Topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town (and often was in charge of them; thus in part a metonymic occupational name), from Old French porte
"gateway", "entrance" (from Latin porta
, "door", "entrance"), with the definite article la
LARIVIÈRE French (Modern)
From the region of Bourgoigne, in France, meaning 'the river'. The name is likely a topographic reference to the physical location, likely a river in this case.
1. French: local name or occupational name for someone who lived or worked at a manor house, from Old French sal(e) ‘hall’ (modern French salle; see also Sale
), with the definite article la. ... [more]
French location name from Lacelle in Orne, northern France and referring to "small rooms or cells inhabited by monks".
Habitational name from various places named La Verdière in France, or a variant of the name Leverdier (see VERDIER
From the French place name La Verdure
meaning "greenness, greenery".
LAVIOLETTE French, French (Quebec), French (Acadian)
A secondary surname, associated with some forty family names in Canada and also used independently since 1698, a nickname from the flower violette
‘violet’, with the definite article la. In feudal France it was a name given to soldiers and domestic servants.
LEDGER English, Norman, French, Dutch
English: from a Norman personal name, Leodegar
, Old French Legier
, of Germanic origin, composed of the elements liut
‘people’, ‘tribe’ + gar
‘spear’. The name was borne by a 7th-century bishop of Autun, whose fame contributed to the popularity of the name in France... [more]
Means "the amiable" from French doux
meaning "sweet, soft, gentle".
LEGAULT Norman (Gallicized)
From the French "le Gaul," meaning simply "the Gaul." Gaul refers to the northern part of modern-day France.