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Where did the English France family come from? What is the English France family crest and coat of arms? When did the France family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the France family history?

The first people to use the distinguished France family name were found throughout England. The France family were French immigrants, and their name was an indication of their former heritage by which they were distinguished in England. Many French families came to England in order to escape the rampant persecution of the Huguenots. They felt that England was more tolerant of religious differences.


Huguenot surnames were only slightly Anglicized, and they remain to this day a distinct group of surnames in England. Nevertheless, Huguenot surnames have been subject to numerous spelling alterations since the names emerged in France. French surnames have a variety of spelling variations because the French language has changed drastically over the centuries. French was developed from the vernacular Latin of the Roman Empire. It is divided into three historic and linguistic periods: Old French, which developed before the 14th century; Middle French, which was used between the 14th and 16th centuries; and Modern French, which was used after the 16th century and continues to be in use today. In all of these periods, the French language was heavily influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when the barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heaviliy from the Italian language during the Renaissance. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled France, Francey and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our France research. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early France History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name France:

France Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Jon France, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • John France, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • John France settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Willm France, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Thomas France, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

France Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Assmes France, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Assmes. France, who came to Philadelphia in 1739
  • Erasmus France, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1739
  • Hanes France, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1739
  • Edward France, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767

France Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph France, aged 20, arrived in Rhode Island in 1812
  • John France, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1826
  • Jacob France, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • William France, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • A M France, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • Todd France, American professional football player
  • Michael France (1962-2013), American screenwriter, best remembered for writing screenplays for Cliffhanger (1993), GoldenEye (1995), Hulk (2003), and Fantastic Four (2005)
  • Robbie France (b. 1959), English drummer, producer, arranger, journalist, music educator, and broadcaster
  • Sir Arnold France, Chairman of Board of Church of England
  • Sir Arnold William France, British Chairman Central Board of Finance
  • Anatole France (1844-1924), French author


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The France Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The France 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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