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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 Francis is derived from the popular medieval given name Franciscus. Francis 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 Francis family was established in Derbyshire, prior to the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.

Francis Early Origins



The surname Francis 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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Francis Spelling Variations


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

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Francis Early History


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Francis Early History



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

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Francis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Francis Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Francis In Ireland


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Francis In Ireland



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

Francis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Francis, who arrived in Virginia in 1624
  • Jon Francis, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • James Francis settled in Virginia in 1640
  • Bedford Francis who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Bedford Francis, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Francis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Francis, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Anne Francis, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Nicholas Francis, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1759
  • Samuel Francis, who landed in America in 1760
  • Barnaby Francis, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Francis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Francis, who arrived in Maryland in 1802
  • Martha Francis, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Patrick Francis, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Charles Francis, aged 38, landed in Connecticut in 1812
  • Frank Hewson Francis, who arrived in America in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Francis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Francis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Edward Francis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ann Francis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Peter Francis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Jerem Francis, who landed in Quebec in 1784
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Francis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Francis, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • James Francis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • Miss. Margaret Francis, aged 3 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Champion" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 29)

Francis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Francis, a engineer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Anthony Francis, a weaver, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Francis, a bricklayer, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Henry Francis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  • Mary Francis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Francis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Francis landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Francis landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Francis, aged 35, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Frances Francis, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Stephen Francis, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Francis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Francis (post 1700)



  • Dr. Norman Christopher Francis (b. 1931), American academic, President of Xavier University of Louisiana, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2006)
  • Kay Francis (1905-1968), born Katharine Edwina Gibbs, an American stage and film actress, nicknamed the "Queen of Warner Brothers," at one time earning almost ten times the salary of Bette Davis
  • Joseph Charles Naekauna "Joe" Francis Jr. (1936-2013), American NFL and CFL quarterback
  • Joseph Francis (1801-1893), American inventor, best known for his life-car which rescued thousands of stranded passengers and crew from shipwrecks near the shore, recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal
  • Connie Francis (b. 1938), born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, is an American pop singer, her "Who's Sorry Now?" was named one of the Songs of the Century
  • Arlene Francis (1907-2001), born Arline Francis Kazanjian, an American actress, radio talk show host, and game show panelist, best known for her role as a panelist on the television game show What's My Line? for 25 years
  • Anne Lloyd Francis (1930-2011), American Golden Globe winning Emmy Award nominated actress, best known for her role in the science fiction film classic Forbidden Planet (1956)
  • Thomas Francis Jr. (1900-1969), American physician, virologist, and epidemiologist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Norman C. Francis (b. 1931), President of Xavier University of Louisiana, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Russ Francis (b. 1953), American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Hawaii 2nd District, 2000
  • ... (Another 88 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Francis Historic Events


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Francis Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Catherine Wood  Francis (1832-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mrs. Edith  Francis (1883-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mr. Charles  Francis (1883-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Victor R Francis (b. 1902), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Attleborough, Norfolk, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Charles A Francis (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Great Bowden, Leicestershire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Edward Francis, British signalman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Leighton Richard Francis, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Francis


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Suggested Readings for the name Francis



  • Captain William Upshaw, Gent., Planter of Virginia: Some of His Georgia Descendants and Allied Families, Francis, Wright, McAllen, Bardwell, Daves, Chalmers by Sophie W. Upshaw.
  • Descendants of Joseph Francis of Maryland and Virginia by L.M. Dickson.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 29)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
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The Francis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Francis 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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