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Francey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland 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 Francey is derived from the popular medieval given name Franciscus. Francey 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 Francey family was established in Derbyshire, prior to the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.

Early Origins of the Francey family


The surname Francey 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 Francey family


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Francey 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 Francey has also been spelled Francis, Frances, Franceys, Francies, Fraunces, Francys, Francess and many more.

Early Notables of the Francey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Francey family to Ireland


Some of the Francey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Francey family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first North American settlers with Francey name or one of its variants:

Francey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Francey, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Antrim, in 1907
  • Thomas William Francey, aged 1, who landed in America from Co. Cavan, Ireland, in 1916
  • Harriette Francey, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States from Co. Cavan, Ireland, in 1916
  • James George Francey, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Co. Cavan, Ireland, in 1916
  • James Francey, aged 48, who settled in America from Bangor, Ireland, in 1917
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Francey (post 1700)


  • David Francey (b. 1954), Scottish-born, Canadian folk singer-songwriter

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