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Origins Available: French, Irish


When the Anglo- Normans began to settle in Ireland, they brought the tradition of local surnames to an island which already had a Gaelic naming system of hereditary surnames established. Unlike the Irish, the Anglo- Normans had an affinity for local surnames. Local surnames, such as French, were formed from the names of a place or a geographical landmark where the person lived, held land, or was born. The earliest Anglo-Norman surnames of this type came from Normandy, but as the Normans moved, they created names that referred to where they actually resided. Therefore, English places were used for names when the Normans lived in England, and then Irish places after these particular Anglo- Normans had been settled in Ireland for some time. Originally, these place names were prefixed by "de," which means "from" in French. However, this type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or it was eliminated entirely. The French family originally lived near an ash tree. The surname French was originally de Freynes and was originally derived from the word "fraxinus," which means an "ash tree." However, in some cases, the surname French is derived from residence in the country of France, a more obvious derivation. The name is sometimes spelled with a beginning of "Ff." This practice arose as many early records showed the capital "F" as "ff" in 16th and 17th centuries.

French Early Origins



The surname French was first found in Devon. They were descendants of Theophilus de France who accompanied William the Conqueror into England in 1066. Robert Fitz-Stephen de France accompanied Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, on his invasion of Ireland.

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French Spelling Variations


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French Spelling Variations



Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations of the name French that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: French, Frenche and others.

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French Early History


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French Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our French research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1274, 1329, 1489, 1546, 1538, 1539, 1602, 1582, 1583, 1604, 1678, 1616, 1657, 1637, 1666, 1650, 1651, 1650, 1713 and 1693 are included under the topic Early French History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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French Early Notables (pre 1700)


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French Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Seán an tSalainn French (1489-1546), member of one of The Tribes of Galway, Mayor of Galway (1538 to 1539); Robuck French fitz John, (died 1602), Mayor of Galway (1582-1583); Nicholas French (1604-1678), Roman Catholic Bishop of Ferns; John French (1616-1657), an English...

Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early French Notables 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



During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North Ameri ca. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name French:

French Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice French who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Thomas French, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1631
  • Stephen French, who landed in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1634
  • John French settled in St. Christopher in 1634
  • Elizabeth French settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

French Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip French, who landed in North Carolina in 1702
  • Thomas French, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Benja French, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Phillip French, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Katherine French, who landed in Virginia in 1723
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

French Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Shepherd French, aged 45, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Jacob French, who landed in New York, NY in 1834
  • William French, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Austin French, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1846
  • A French, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

French Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Albert French U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Charity French U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Capt. James French U.E. (b. 1745) born in New York, USA who settled in York County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in DeLancey's 1st Battalion he died in 1820 in Nashwaak, New Brunswick [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Capt. Lt. Jeremiah French Sr., U.E. (b. 1743) born in Stratford, Connecticut, USA from Manchester, Vermont, USA who settled in Eastern District, Cornwall, Ontario c. 1784 he enlisted in 1777 severd in the Queen's Loyal Rangers and the King's Royal Regiment of New York he died in 1820, married Elizabeth Wheeler they had 9 children [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Jeremiah French Jr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

French Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John French, aged 24, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Mary French, aged 24, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Sarah French, aged 2, landed in Canada in 1823
  • Nichols French, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Anthony French, aged 28, a gentleman, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

French Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas French, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • Thomas French, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • Isaac French arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837LadyEmma.htm
  • Elizabeth French arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837LadyEmma.htm
  • Sarah French arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837LadyEmma.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

French Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. French arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • Robert French, aged 31, a bricklayer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Catherine French, aged 33, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Peter French, aged 10, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • John French, aged 7, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name French (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name French (post 1700)



  • DeWitt C. French, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Waterbury, 1908
  • Brigadier-General Charles Augustus French (1888-1982), American Commanding Officer 68th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade (1943-1945)
  • Ray French (1895-1978), American Major League shortstop
  • Kenneth French (b. 1954), American economist
  • Charles "Charlie" Calvin French (1883-1962), American Major League Baseball player
  • Charles K. French (1860-1952), American actor
  • Pat French, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1980
  • Paul V. French, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York, 1976-78
  • R. T. French, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1904
  • Ralph French, American Republican politician, Mayor of Aurora, Missouri, 1955
  • ... (Another 141 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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French Historic Events


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French Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Ms Lillian French, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. Frank M French (1881-1914), Austrian Timber Packer from Kladna, Bohemia, Austria who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Ronald M French (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Colchester, Essex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Leslie V French (b. 1922), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Edward Stanley French, English Fireman from Linacre, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Miss Grace Hope French, Scottish 2nd Class passenger from Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name French


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Suggested Readings for the name French



  • Ancestors and Descendants of Frank Lusk Babbott, Jr., M.D. and His Wife Elizabeth Bassett French by Harriet M. Stryker-Rodda.
  • French and Related Family Genealogy: Treadway, Barrows, Ward, Lobdell, Howland, and Brewster by Mara Treadway French.

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Malo mori quam foedari
Motto Translation: I would rather die than be disgraced.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837LadyEmma.htm

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The French Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The French 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.

This page was last modified on 15 November 2016 at 23:32.

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