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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

What did your French ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, 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. A less common occupation for the French family was Servant.

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  • Farmer

    29%
  • School

    7%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Servant

    4%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your French ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

French Historical Records

What French family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name French. Like a window into their day-to-day life, French census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name French. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name French. For the veterans among your French ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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French Life Expectancy

What is the average French lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, French life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for French in 1940 was 43, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for French

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your French ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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