Francies History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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 Francies is derived from the popular medieval given name Franciscus. Francies 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 Francies family was established in Derbyshire, prior to the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Francies family
The surname Francies 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 Francies family
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Francies Spelling Variations
Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaelic. 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 Francies has also been spelled Francis, Frances, Franceys, Francies, Fraunces, Francys, Francess and many more.
Early Notables of the Francies family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Francies family to Ireland
Some of the Francies family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Francies family
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Francies, or a variant listed above: Bedford Francis who settled in Virginia in 1642; James Francis settled in Virginia in 1640; William also settled in Virginia in 1653; Charles, Frederick, George, Henry, John, Patrick, Richard, Thomas and William Francis, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1860. Typical of the name is the Francis group who landed in Virginia in 1608.
Contemporary Notables of the name Francies (post 1700) +
- Coye Glenn Francies (b. 1986), American football cornerback who played from 2009 to 2012
- Christopher Cerell "Chris" Francies (b. 1982), American football wide receiver who played from 2006 to 2011
- Michael Francies, British solicitor who specializes in equity financing, current managing partner of the London office of the United States firm, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
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