French Submitted Surnames

French names are used in France and other French-speaking regions. See also about French names.
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TEBOW Dutch, Belgian, French
From the Old French personal name Teobaud, Tibaut (see Theobald).
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]
TEMPLIN French
Possibly from a French diminutive of Temple.
TERRIEN French
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.
TETRAULT French
French, Franko-American
TETREAULT French
Ultimately derived from French tistre "to weave".
THERIAULT French (Rare)
Possibly from the Greek "therion" which means a beast of a nondescript nature.
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".
TISSERAND French
French for "weaver."
TONNELIER French
French for "cooper."
TOURVILLE French
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]
TOUSSAINT French
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]
TOWERS French
1. Variant of Tower, with later -s. ... [more]
TRAYLOR French
Assumed to mean "by the trail". May have originally been "Trouillart". Variations may include: Trail Traill Treil Trelly Teign Pentrail
TROY English, German, Jewish, French, Dutch
As an English surname, it is a habitational name from Troyes in Aude, France. There was also an Anglo-Norman family of this name in Ireland.... [more]
TRUDEAU French (Quebec)
From a pet form of the personal name Thouroude or Gertrude.
TRUMBO French, German
French (Alsatian) form of German Trumbauer.
TURBEFIELD French, Norman
The name is a village in Normandy. Is documented in Gloucester Abbey in 1044.
TURCAT French, French (Quebec)
Means "Turkman"
TURCOTTE Welsh, French
A Welsh and French surname, meaning “tower”.
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.
VAILLANT French
From a medieval nickname for a brave person (from Old French vaillant "brave, sturdy").
VAL Spanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
VALMONT English, French
Means "Hill of the vale"
VANGARDE French
"(A soldier) in the leading edge of an army formation"
VASSAR French, English
Name indicating the status of "a vassal or serf" in feudal society.
VASSIE French, English
Meaning "playful or merry" for a cheerful person.
VAUX French
French, English, and Scottish habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Vaux, from the Old French plural of val ‘valley’.
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]
VERDON French
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.
VERNIER French
Surname for a person who lived near an alder tree. Also a variant of Garnier and Varnier and the eastern French form of Warner.
VERRET French
From the French word verre, meaning "glass." Possibly denoting someone who worked with glass.
VERVILLE French
variant of Vervelle, which Morlet derives from a word denoting the metal keeper or ring through which a bolt is secured.
VICKERY French (Huguenot, Anglicized)
La Vache = having to do with cows, cow fields, cow pastures, cow barns; French Language. ... [more]
VIDRINE French (Cajun)
Vidrines are French Cajuns that live mostly around south central Louisiana, towns and cities like Mamou, Eunice and Ville Platte.
VILLEIN French
"Used in medieval England and France. Villein is another term used for the serfs in the lowest classes of the feudal system."
VIOLETTE French
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 and Veray, nickname from Occitan verai ‘honest’. From southern France this name spread to northern Catalonia.
VIVIER French
Derived from Latin vivarium, ultimately from Latin vivus "alive". This name is locational relating to living near a fish pond.
WEASLEY Norman
Variant of WESLEY... [more]
WELLSPEAK French (Anglicized)
Anglicized version of Beauparlant.
WOODLOCK Irish, French, English
From an Old English personal name, Wudlac, composed of the elements wudu ‘wood’ + lac ‘play’, ‘sport’.
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.
YATTEAU French (Acadian)
I was always told it was French
ZAY French
Frenchified form of German See.