French Submitted Surnames
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
TEMPLE English, French
Occupational name or habitational name for someone who was employed at or lived near one of the houses ("temples") maintained by the Knights Templar, a crusading order so named because they claimed to occupy in Jerusalem the site of the old temple (Middle English, Old French temple, Latin templum)... [more]
Topographic name from an adjectival derivative of terre
"land", denoting someone who lived and worked on the land, i.e. a peasant. It is Americanized frequently as Landers, and occasionally as Farmer.
THEROUX French (Quebec)
Southern French (Théroux): of uncertain origin; perhaps a topographic name for someone living by "the wells", from a plural variant of Occitan théron "well".
The name Tourville is a very old, and in one case, very famous name. One of the Marshall's of France was named Anne Hilarion de Cotentin de Tourville. This reads: Anne Hilarion of/from Cotentin, Comte (Count) of Tourville... [more]
Derived from the given name Toussaint
, which in turn is derived from Toussaint
, the French name for the Christian feast day All Saints' Day (celebrated on November 1st every year). The French name for the feast day is a contraction of French tous les saints
meaning "all (of) the saints".... [more]
TURNEY English, Norman
Habitational name from places in France called Tournai, Tournay, or Tourny. All named with the pre-Roman personal name TURNUS
and the locative suffix -acum
URBAN English, French, German, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Hungarian, Jewish
From a medieval personal name (Latin Urbanus meaning "city dweller", a derivative of urbs meaning "town", "city").
VADEBONCOEUR French (Quebec)
Means "go with a merry heart" in French. This was a secondary surname, common among soldiers, which has been adopted as a principal surname.
VAILLANCOURT French (Quebec)
Possibly a variant of Valencourt. This is the surname of a noble family who probably lived near Willencourt.
From a medieval nickname for a brave person (from Old French vaillant
VAL Spanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
French, English, and Scottish habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Vaux, from the Old French plural of val
VERDIER French, Norman, English
Occupational name for a forester. Derived from Old French verdier
(from Late Latin viridarius
, a derivative of viridis
"green"). Also an occupational name for someone working in a garden or orchard, or a topographic name for someone living near one... [more]
Habitational name from a place so named, for example in Dordogne, Gironde, and Marne.
VERGAN French (Huguenot)
Family history states that original name was "du Vergau" French Huguenot chased from France to Germany.
VERNE French, English
As a French surname refers to someone who lived where alder trees grew. While the English version can mean someone who lived where ferns grew, Verne can also mean a seller of ferns which in medieval times were used in bedding, as floor coverings and as animal feed.
VERNEY English, French
The surname Verney was first found in Buckinghamshire, England, when they arrived from Vernai, a parish in the arrondissement of Bayeux in Normandy.
From the French word verre, meaning "glass." Possibly denoting someone who worked with glass.
variant of Vervelle, which Morlet derives from a word denoting the metal keeper or ring through which a bolt is secured.
VIDRINE French (Cajun)
Vidrines are French Cajuns that live mostly around south central Louisiana, towns and cities like Mamou, Eunice and Ville Platte.
"Used in medieval England and France. Villein is another term used for the serfs in the lowest classes of the feudal system."
Perhaps a topographic name from a diminutive of viol
"path", itself a derivative of vie
"way". It is more likely, however, that this name is from the secondary surname Laviolette
"the violet (flower)", which was common among soldiers in French Canada.
VIRAY Occitan, French, Catalan
Southern French (Occitan) and Catalan variant of Occitan Verai
, nickname from Occitan verai
‘honest’. From southern France this name spread to northern Catalonia.
Derived from Latin vivarium
, ultimately from Latin vivus
"alive". This name is locational relating to living near a fish pond.
XAVIER English, French
Derived from the Basque place name Etxaberri
meaning "the new house". This was the surname of the Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552). He was a missionary to India, Japan, China, and other areas in East Asia, and he is the patron saint of the Orient and missionaries.