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Where did the French Defrance family come from? What is the French Defrance family crest and coat of arms? When did the Defrance family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Defrance family history?From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Defrance family. Originally, the people of this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to be "fixed" or hereditary. One of the types of names adopted as surnames, were habitational names; those derived from place names. The Defrance surname was likely first used by someone who held lands belonging to the French king, or perhaps for someone from the Île de France. A habitational name was often used for someone who had moved away from the place after which they were named. This name was sometimes used by soldiers in the feudal period. In French Canada, it was used as secondary "dit" name.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Lafrance, Lafrence, Lafrense, Lafrensse, Lafronce, Lafransse, Lafranse, Lafronse, Lafronsse, France, Francès, Frence, Frenche, Lefrance, Lefranche, Le France, La Franse, French, Frances, Lafrence, Lafrench and many more.
First found in Picardy, where this celebrated family held a family seat since ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Defrance research. Another 343 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1223, 1291, 1297, 1300, 1354, 1357, 1363, 1378, 1400, 1500, 1570, 1596, 1640, 1651, and 1721 are included under the topic Early Defrance History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Defrance Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Defrance Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Defrance Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Defrance Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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