Origins Available: English
The surname Francess is derived from the popular medieval given name Franciscus. Much of the popularity of this personal name
was due to the famous religious figure, St. Francis of Assisi.
Early Origins of the Francess family
The surname Francess was first found in Oxfordshire
, where the earliest record is Hugo Francus, or Franceis in 1135, at Oseney. Other early records of the name include Robert le Franceis in 1169 in the Pipe Rolls
of Devon; Roger Franceis in 1177 in the Pipe Rolls
of Hampshire; Adam le Francess in 1201 in the Assize Rolls of Somerset; and Robertus filius
Franceis, in 1207 in the Curia Regis Rolls of Sussex.
Early History of the Francess family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Francess research.Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1189, 1143, 1213, 1296, 1400, 1400, 1519, 1574, 1604, 1658, 1715 and are included under the topic Early Francess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Francess Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Francess are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Francess include Francis, Frances, Franceys, Francies, Fraunces, Francys, Francess and many more.
Early Notables of the Francess family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Francess family to Ireland
Some of the Francess family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 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 Francess family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Francess, or a variant listed above: Daniel Francis, who came to Virginia in 1624; John Francis, who settled in Virginia in 1635; James Francis, who came to Virginia in 1639; Alexander Francis, who came to Maryland in 1658.