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One of the most common classes of Scottish surnames is the patronymic surname, which arose out of the vernacular and religious naming traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Patronymic surnames of this type were usually derived from the personal name of the original bearer's father. The surname Frances is derived from the popular medieval given name Franciscus. Frances 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 Frances family was established in Derbyshire, prior to the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.

Frances Early Origins



The surname Frances 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.

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Frances Spelling Variations


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Frances Spelling Variations



Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaeli c. 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 Frances has also been spelled Francis, Frances, Franceys, Francies, Fraunces, Francys, Francess and many more.

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Frances Early History


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Frances Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frances 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 Frances History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Frances Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Frances Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Frances In Ireland


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Frances In Ireland



Some of the Frances 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Frances, or a variant listed above:

Frances Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Frances, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • John Frances, who landed in Maryland in 1676

Frances Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michell Frances, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727

Frances Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Frances, aged 30, landed in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Robert Frances, aged 30, arrived in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Jane Frances, aged 28, landed in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Mary Frances, aged 2, landed in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • William Frances, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Frances Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Frances, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  • William Frances arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849
  • James Frances, aged 38, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Grace Frances, aged 33, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Thomas H. Frances, aged 11, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Frances (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Frances (post 1700)



  • José Francés, Spanish novelist and art critic
  • Sir Philip Frances (1740-1818), English statesman
  • Emilio Sala Francés, Spanish painter

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826

Other References

  1. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Frances Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frances 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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