Origins Available: English
The surname Franceys 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 Franceys family
The surname Franceys 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 Franceys family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Franceys 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 Franceys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Franceys Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Francis, Frances, Franceys, Francies, Fraunces, Francys, Francess and many more.
Early Notables of the Franceys family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Franceys family to Ireland
Some of the Franceys 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 Franceys family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Franceys 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.