French Submitted Surnames

French names are used in France and other French-speaking regions. See also about French names.
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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)... [more]
TOWERS French
1. Variant of Tower, with later -s. ... [more]
TRAHAN French (Cajun), Welsh
From the Welsh name Trahern, derived from the Welsh family seat Trehaverne.
TRAYLOR French
Assumed to mean "by the trail". May have originally been "Trouillart". Variations may include: Trail Traill Treil Trelly Teign Pentrail
TROY German, Jewish, French, Dutch
As a German and Jewish surname, it is and Anglicized form of TREU or a similar surname.... [more]
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 French, Welsh
Means "tower" in French and Welsh.
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").
VACHON French
French definition, cattle herder. Vashon English variant. Vaca Spanish.
VADEBONCŒUR French (Quebec)
From the French phrase va de bon cœur meaning "go with a good (merry) heart". This was a secondary surname, common among soldiers in colonial French Canada, 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).
VALENTIN French, Italian, Romanian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Jewish
From the given name VALENTIN. It was sometimes adopted as a personal name by Jews.
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.
VASSEUR French
From Old French vavasour meaning "subvassal", a historical term used to refer to a tenant of a baron or lord who also had tenants under him.
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.
VERMONT French (Rare)
Derived from french, meaning "green mountain" (Vert, "green"; mont, "mountain").
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.
VIANNEY French
The surname in origin is a variant of Viennet, a diminutive of Vien, a short form of Vivien. A famous bearer is Jean-Marie Vianney (1786-1859), a French saint.
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’... [more]
VIVIER French
Derived from Latin vivarium, ultimately from Latin vivus "alive". This name is locational relating to living near a fish pond.
VUITTON French
Derived from the Old High German word "witu" and the Old English pre 7th century "widu" or "wudu", meaning a wood, and therefore occupational for one living by such a place.
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.
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