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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.

France Early Origins



The surname France was 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.

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France Spelling Variations


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France Spelling Variations



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.

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France Early History


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France Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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France Early Notables (pre 1700)


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France Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early France Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

France Settlers in 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
  • William France, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Thomas France, who arrived in Maryland in 1680
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

France Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

France Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

France Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph France, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823

France Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • F J France landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Ruth France landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Frederick John France, aged 35, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Ruth France, aged 31, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Frederick France, aged 5, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name France (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name France (post 1700)



  • Frederick Douglas "Doug" France Jr. (1953-2016), American National Football League offensive lineman
  • Alfred E. France (1927-2015), American businessman and politician, Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (1963-1970)
  • Michael France (1962-2013), American screenwriter, best remembered for writing screenplays for Cliffhanger (1993), GoldenEye (1995), Hulk (2003), and Fantastic Four (2005)
  • Todd France, American professional football player
  • Robbie France (b. 1959), English drummer, producer, arranger, journalist, music educator, and broadcaster
  • Sir Arnold William France, British Chairman Central Board of Finance
  • Sir Arnold France, Chairman of Board of Church of England
  • Anatole France (1844-1924), French author

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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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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