French Submitted Surnames

French names are used in France and other French-speaking regions. See also about French names.
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CLAUDEL French
From the given name CLAUDEL.
CLAVEL French
Metonymic occupational name for a nail maker, ultimately from Latin clavellus "nail", but in some cases possibly from the same word in the sense "smallpox, rash". A fictional bearer is Miss Clavel, a nun and teacher in Ludwig Bemelmans's 'Madeline' series of children's books (introduced in 1939).
CLAVELL French
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".
CLEMENCEAU French
Probably derived from the French given name CLÉMENT. A famous bearer was Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929), who was the 54th Prime Minister of France during the First World War.
CLOUD French
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.
COACH French
Possibly an altered spelling of French Coache, from the Norman and Picard term for a damson, probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of plums.
COIT Medieval Welsh, French, English
The surname Coit was first found in Carnarvonshire, a former country in Northwest Wales, anciently part of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and currently is divided between the unitary authorities of Gwynedd and Conwy, where they held a family seat... [more]
COLLARD English, French
English and French: from the personal name Coll + the pejorative suffix -ard.
COLLET French
From a pet form of Colle.
COLLINES French
French for "hillbanks".
COMAN English, French, Romanian
Means "bent or crooked".
COMEAU French, French (Acadian), Louisiana Creole
French: from a Gascon diminutive of Combe.
COMEAUX French (Acadian), French Creole
Variant spelling of French COMEAU.
COMMANDER Anglo-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.
CORBIN English, French
Derived from French corbeau meaning "raven," originally denoting a person who had dark hair.
CORDAY French
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.
CORDER French (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]
CORDONNIER French
An occupational surname for a cordwainer or shoemaker, and derived from Old French cordouanier, literally meaning "cobbler".
CORMIER French
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).
CORSAUT French
Possibly a variant of COSSART.
COSSART English, French
From French, referring to "a dealer of horses" (related to the English word "courser"). This surname was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066, and became one of the many Anglo-Norman words that made up Middle English.
COTTON English, 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]
COTTRANT French
Meaning unknown.
COTTRELL English, French
First found in Derbyshire where the family "Cottrell" held a family seat and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege lord for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings, 1066CE... [more]
COURCELLES French
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]
COURT English, French, Irish
A topographic name from Middle English, Old French court(e) and curt, meaning ‘court’. This word was used primarily with reference to the residence of the lord of a manor, and the surname is usually an occupational name for someone employed at a manorial court.... [more]
COURTIER French, 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]
COURVILLE French
Derived from either of two communes in the departments of Marne and Eure-et-Loir in France. It is named with Latin curba villa, denoting a settlement in the curve of a road.
COUSINS French
"Relative" in Old French.
COVERT English, 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]
CRETE French
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]
CRISPIN English, French
From the Middle English, Old French personal name CRISPIN.
CROZIER English, 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.
CULVÉRT French, English, Irish
English version of the Old French, Culvere. Means Peaceful and Mildest of tempers.
CURIE French
Occupational name for a farm hand, from Old French éscuerie "stable".
CYR French
From the Latin personal name Quiricus or Cyricus, Greek Kyrikos or Kyriakos, ultimately from Greek kyrios 'lord', 'master'.
D'ABBADIE French, English, Occitan
Means "of the Abbey" from the Occitan abadia. Variants Abadia, Abbadie, Abadie, Abada, and Badia mean "Abbey".
D'ABBEVILLE French
Means "of Abbeville" Abbeville is a commune in France. Takes its name from Latin Abbatis Villa meaning "Abbot's Village".
DAGENAIS French (Quebec)
Denotes a person originally from the prefecture of Agen in southwestern France.
DALLAIRE French (Quebec)
From the given name Allaire, an older form of HILAIRE.
DALMAS French
Surname Dalmas was first found in Limousin. Literally means "of the sea."
DAMAS French
French form of DAMASCUS. Famous bearer Léon-Gontran Damas (1912-1978) was a French poet and politican from French Guiana, cofounder of the Négritude Mouvement and author of the collection "Black Label".
D'AMBOISE French
Denoted a person from Amboise, a commune located in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France.
DAME French, English
From the old French dame, "lady" ultimately from Latin domina, "mistress".
DAMERON French
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.
DAMIAN French, 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]
DANCY French, English
Denoted a person from Annecy, France.
DANO French
Perhaps an altered spelling of French Danot or Danon, from pet forms of JOURDAIN or DANIEL.
DANSER German, French, English
German: variant of Danzer. Altered spelling of English Dancer.... [more]
D'AOUST French
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'ARCY English, French, Norman
Originally a Norman French surname, meaning "from Arcy"... [more]
D'ARTAGNAN French, 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".
DAUDET French
Not available.
DAUGHTRY English, 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'AUREVALLE French (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'AURÉVILLE French
Variant spelling of D'AUREVILLE.
D'AUREVILLE French
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'AUREVILLY French
Variant form of D'AUREVILLE. A known bearer of this name was the French novelist Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly (1808-1889).
DAWLEY English, French, Irish
"From the hedged glade" Originally, D'Awley (probably from D'Awleigh).... [more]
D’BAILLEU Picard
This indicates familial origin within the commune of Bailleu.
DE BAILLEUL Picard
Parisianized form of D’BAILLEU.
DEBEVOISE French
Denoted someone from Beauvais, a city and commune in northern France.
DEBLOIS French
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]
DE BRÚN Irish, French
Derived from Brun, meaning brown in French
DEBS French
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 CHAMPAGNE French
Meaning "Of Champagne" in French.
DE CLERMONT French
Means "of the bright hill" from the French de meaning "of" and clair, cler 'bright', 'clear' + mont 'hill'
DEDEAUX French
Meaning uncertain. Probably a habitual surname for someone from Deaux in Gare.
DEFORD French
Variant of DUFORT meaning "son of the strong" from French de-, "of" and fort, "strong". Notable namesake is author Frank Deford.
DE FOREST French
Alternative spelling of DEFOREST.
DEFORGE French
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]
DEFRAIN French
Variant of FRAIN combined with the French de "from".... [more]
DEGELOS Jewish (Rare), French
Most probable origin - Jewish adapting French sounding names... [more]
DE LA BOULAYE French
This indicates familial origin within the Bourgignon commune of La Boulaye.
DELACOUR French
Probably based off the term "de la cœur", meaning "on the court".
DELAFOY French
From Old French de la foy meaning "of the faith". This is probably a name given to a cleric or a very pious person among the French Catholics.
DELAGARDELLE French
Habitational name for someone from Lagardelle, a place in Haute Garonne.
DELALANDE French
French surname, pronounced /dølalɑ̃də/, which means "from the moor", "from the heath". Famous bearer Michel-Richard Delalande (1657-1726), French baroque composer and organist nicknamed "the Latin Lully", changed its spelling in "de Lalande" in order to give it aristocratic looks.
DE LA MONTAGNE French
Means "of the mountain" in French.
DELEURAN French (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
DELEVINGNE French, English
Means "of the vine" in French. It is the surname of Poppy Delevingne and Cara Delevingne, both English actresses and models; it is also the surname of French-born photojournalist Lionel Delevingne
DE LÉVIS French
This indicates familial origin within the Orléanais commune of Lévis-Saint-Nom.
DE LINIERS French
This indicates familial origin within the Poitevin commune of Liniers.
DELOREY French (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’.
DEMAR French, English
Combination of the French word de, meaning "from" and the Old French word maresc, meaning "marsh".
DEMAREE French (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of French DESMARAIS.
DEMERCHANT French (Acadian)
A name meaning "the merchant", though the spelling indicates dutch origins.
DEMERS French
From French meaning "of the seas". A famous bearer of this surname was Modeste Demers, a bishop in 18th century Vancouver.
DEMESTRE French
It's an occupational word coming from Latin. It means "master". It is of French origin.
DE MICHELE Italian, French
An Italian and French patronymic surname, meaning "son of MICHELE (1)".
DENAUT French (Rare, ?)
Possibly a variant of Denault.
DENONCOURT French (Quebec)
Possibly a habitational name.
DEPAUL French
Son of Paul
DERNIER French
Means Last in French
DEROBOAM French
unknown possibly french, family has french origins
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-).
DESCATOIRE French
Alexandre Descatoire was a French sculptor (1874-1949)... [more]
DESCHAIN French, Literature
Of French origin. This is the last name of the character of the Gunslinger Roland in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series.
DESCHENES French
"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’.
DESMARAIS French
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".
DE SOYE French
Meaning "From Soye" in French.
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.
D'ESTAING French
Derived from Estaing, a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France.
D'ESTIENNE French
From the given name ESTIENNE, a Medieval French form of STEPHEN.
DEVALCOURT French (Cajun)
Habitational name from places in France named Valcourt.
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.'
DEVEAUX French, Bahamian Creole
Means "of the valleys", derived from French val "valley".
DEVERAUX English, French
Variant spelling of DEVEREUX.
DEVILLE French
French surname meaning, 'The Village', from French De- 'the' and Ville- 'Village'.
DEVORE French
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.
DIEULAFOY French
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]
DION French
Meaning uncertain. It may be a habitational name from any of various locations called Dion or Dionne, derived from the Gaulish element divon- meaning "(sacred) spring" or Celtic dēwos meaning "god, deity"... [more]
DONADIEU French
Meaning “given to God”, surname given to a child because they were given to a priest or monastery or either an orpan.
D'OREVALLE French (Archaic)
Variant form of D'AUREVALLE. A known bearer of this surname was the medieval bishop Hugh d'Orevalle (d. 1084 or 1085).
D'ORIVAL French
Variant form of D'OREVAL. This is also one of the very few forms (of what is ultimately the D'AUREVALLE surname) that is still in use nowadays.
DORSAY French
French form of DORSEY.
D'ORVES French
Denoted someone from Orve, a commune in the Doubs department in eastern France.
DOUILLARD French
Nickname for a softie, possibly derived from Old French do(u)ille meaning "soft, tender".
DOZIER French
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 "power, rule".
DREIK French
Derived from the Old Norse given name Draki or the Old English given name Draca both meaning "dragon".
DREYFUS French, German, Jewish
French-influenced variant of DREYFUSS, popular amongst people of Alsatian Jewish descent.
DROUILLARD French
Probably a derogatory nickname, from a derivative of the regional term drouiller "to defecate", which also has various figurative senses.
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, drut "dear, beloved").... [more]
DUBOSQUE French
DuBosque means 'of the forest' in french and was a surname given typically to someone from a rural treed area.
DUBUISSON French
A topographic name for someone who lived in an area of scrub land or by a prominent clump of bushes, derived from Old French buisson meaning "small tree, bush, scrub".
DUCASSE French
French: topographic name for someone who lived by an oak tree, from Old French casse ‘oak (tree)’ (Late Latin cassanos, a word of Celtic origin), with the fused preposition and article du ‘from the’... [more]
DUCHÊNE French
Means "from the oak (tree)" in French, used to denote a person who lived near an oak tree or an oak forest.
DUFAU French
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]
DUFAULT French
Alternate spelling of Dufau, meaning "of the beech tree."
DUFRESNE French
Topographic name for someone who lived near a prominent ash tree from Old French fraisne fresne "ash" from Latin fraxinus "ash".
DUHAMEL French
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.
DUJARDIN French
Means "from the garden" in French.
DUMAS French
Meaning "of the little farm".
DUPAIN French
Means "of the bread" in French, probably used as an occupational name for a baker.
DUPIN French
Means "of the pine tree" in French, referring to a person who lived near a pine tree or was from any of various locations named Le Pin.
DU PLESSIS Afrikaans, French Creole, French (Cajun), French (Huguenot)
French topographic name for someone who lived by a quickset fence, Old French pleis (from Latin plexum past participle of plectere ‘plait’, ‘weave’), with fused preposition and definite article du ‘from the’... [more]
DUPOUY French
Variant of DUPUY.
DUPRÉ French
Means "of the meadow" in French.
DURBIN French
Derived from the place called D'urban or D'urbin in Languedoc
DURET French
Derived from French dur meaning "hard, tough".
DUTERTRE French
Means "of the hillock, of the mound" in French.
DUTROUX French, Belgian
Last name of MARC Dutroux, Belgian serial killer and child molester.
DUVALL French
Variant spelling of DUVAL.
DUVERNAY French
Means "from the alder grove," from Gaulish vern meaning "alder" combined with Latin -etum, whence Modern French -aie, forming names of orchards or places where trees/plants are grown)... [more]
DUVILLARD French
French surname, pronounced /dyvilaʁ/, whose bearers mainly live in Haute-Savoie. It means "from Le Villard", a village in the Rhône-Alpes region, whose name comes from the Latin 'villare' which means 'hamlet'... [more]
EAMER French, Anglo-Saxon
This interesting and unusual surname has two possible sources. ... [more]
ELEANOR French
Derives from the given name ELEANOR. Not popular as a last name.
ÉLIAS French
From the given name ÉLIAS.
EMERY English, French, Norman
English and French from a Germanic personal name, Emaurri, composed of the elements amja ‘busy’, ‘industrious’ + ric ‘power’... [more]
EMPERAIRE French
Means "Emperor".
ENGELBERT German, English, French
From a Germanic personal name composed of engel (see 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.
ÉRABLE French (Rare)
From érable meaning "maple."
ERASMUS French, Dutch
it means beloved one or king
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]
ESTIMÉ Haitian Creole, French
Means "valued, esteemed" in French.
FAFARD French
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
FALBA Occitan (Archaic), French (Rare)
Possibly from French fauve "wildcat".
FARAND English (Canadian), French (Quebec)
Derived from the given name FARIMOND or from the French word ferrer meaning "to be clad in iron" or "to shoe a horse".
FARGE French
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.... [more]
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... [more]
FERRON French
Variant of FERON.
FEUILLE French
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).
FÉVRIER French
Meaning, "February."
FEY German, English, French, Danish
English: variant of FAY. ... [more]
FILS French
From fils "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 and FIRMIN... [more]
FLAVIGNY French
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... [more]
FONTENOT French (Cajun)
From the Old French word "fontaine", meaning "fountain."
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... [more]
FORTESCUE French
Means 'strong shield' from French elements fort meaning "strong" and escu meaning "shield#
FOUCAULT French
Derived from the Germanic given name Folcwald, which was composed of the elements fulc "people" and wald "power, leader, ruler"... [more]
FOUCHE French
"people army"
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]
FOY French
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 "faith".
FRAIN French
Topographic name for someone who lived near a prominent ash tree from Old French fraisne fresne "ash" from Latin fraxinus "ash".
FRANCE French
Ethnic name for an inhabitant of France, a country in Europe.
FRANCK English, French
From the given name FRANCK.
FRAY French, English
From the German surname FREY or the Old French given name FRAY.
FREER French
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.
GAGNEAU French
Variation of GAGNE.
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]
GALLONI D'ISTRIA French, Italian
Meaning "Gallons from Istria" in French and Italian.
GAMELIN French
From pet form of any of the compound personal names formed with gamal, related to Old Norse gamall, Old German gamel "old", "aged". ... [more]
GANDIN French
From the French gandin, pronounced /ɡɑ̃dœ̃/, which is a word used for a dandy, an elegant young man with affected, quite often ridiculous, manners.
GARRIGUES French, Provençal
This surname comes from Old Provençal garrique meaning "grove of holm oaks or kermes oaks."
GASNIER French
From Old French gaaigner meaning "to win, to earn" or "to till, to cultivate", possibly used as an occupational name for a farmer.
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.
GEE Irish, Scottish, English, French
Irish and Scottish: reduced form of McGee, Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Aodha ‘son of Aodh’ (see McCoy). ... [more]
GENDRON French
Either a diminutive of French gendre meaning "son-in-law" or a habitational name for someone from the town of Gendron in Belgium.
GENTRY French
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, "refinement."
GÉRALD French
Derived from the given name GÉRALD.
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]
GERVAIS English, French
From the French given name GERVAIS.
GILLARD English, French, Swiss
English and French from an assimilated form of the personal name Gislehard, a compound of Old High German gisel ‘hostage’, ‘pledge’, ‘noble youth’ (see Giesel) + hard ‘hardy’... [more]
GILLETTE English, French
English: from a feminine form of Gillett.... [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 ‘army’.
GIRAUD French
from a vernacular form of GÉRALD (see GERALD).
GIRESSE French
Alain Giresse is a French footballer and manager... [more]
GIROUD French
Variant of GIRAUD.... [more]
GISCARD French
Variant spelling of GUISCARD.
GISCARD D'ESTAING French
Combination of GISCARD and D'ESTAING. A famous bearer is former French president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (1926-), whose father had the surname legally changed from "Giscard" to "Giscard d'Estaing" in 1922, claiming the name of a family line extinct since the French Revolution.
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