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French Name Meaning

ethnic name for someone from France, Middle English frensche, or in some cases perhaps a nickname for someone who adopted French airs. variant of Anglo-Norman French Frain.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Trench, Rench, Wrench, Branch, Frosch, Bench, Krech, Rech, Franca

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French Family Origin

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French Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    29%
  • School

    7%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Servant

    4%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the French family was Servant. Farmer, School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by French. The most common French occupation in Canada was Farmer. 29% of French's were Farmers.

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French Historical Records

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French Life Expectancy

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Famous French Family

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Victor Hugo1802 - 1885 (83)
John Philip Sousa1854 - 1932 (77)
Ansel Easton Adams1902 - 1984 (82)
Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
Victor Hugo1802 - 1885 (83)
John Philip Sousa1854 - 1932 (77)
Ansel Easton Adams1902 - 1984 (82)

Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Amelia Earhart1897 - 1939 (41)
Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
Grace Kelly1929 - 1982 (52)
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Amelia Earhart1897 - 1939 (41)
Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
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