Origins Available: French
From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Frenche family. Originally, the people of this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to be "fixed" or hereditary. One of the types of names adopted as surnames, were habitational names; those derived from place names. The Frenche surname was likely first used by someone who held lands belonging to the French king, or perhaps for someone from the Île de France. A habitational name was often used for someone who had moved away from the place after which they were named. This name was sometimes used by soldiers in the feudal
period. In French Canada, it was used as secondary "dit" name.
Early Origins of the Frenche family
The surname Frenche was first found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in northern France, where this celebrated family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Frenche family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frenche research.Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1223, 1291, 1297, 1300, 1354, 1357, 1363, 1378, 1400, 1500, 1570, 1596, 1640, 1651, and 1721 are included under the topic Early Frenche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Frenche Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Lafrance, Lafrence, Lafrense, Lafrensse, Lafronce, Lafransse, Lafranse, Lafronse, Lafronsse, France, Francès, Frence, Frenche, Lefrance, Lefranche, Le France, La Franse, French, Frances, Lafrence, Lafrench and many more.
Early Notables of the Frenche family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Frenche family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John France, who settled in Virginia in 1651; Pierre La France, a French soldier on record in Quebec in 1665; Francois Lafrance, who arrived in Montreal in 1712.