The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
were the patronymic
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Francy is derived from the popular medieval given name Franciscus. Francy is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Many patronyms were formed when a son used his father's personal name
as a surname, but in this case, the surname was originally derived from the famous religious figure, St. Francis of Assisi. The Francy family was established in Derbyshire
, prior to the Norman invasion
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Francy family
The surname Francy was first found in Derbyshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Francy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Francy research.Another 298 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1143, 1189, 1190, 1213, 1249, 1307, 1314, and 1400 are included under the topic Early Francy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Francy Spelling Variations
The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations
found in Scottish surnames. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic
prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan
affiliation, or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland
, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Francy has also been spelled Francis, Frances, Franceys, Francies, Fraunces, Francys, Francess and many more.
Early Notables of the Francy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Francy family to Ireland
Some of the Francy family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 284 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Francy family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first North American settlers with Francy name or one of its variants: Bedford Francis who settled in Virginia in 1642; James Francis settled in Virginia in 1640; William also settled in Virginia in 1653; Charles, Frederick, George, Henry, John, Patrick, Richard, Thomas and William Francis, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1860. Typical of the name is the Francis group who landed in Virginia in 1608.