French
French (Cork)
French (Galway)

Sus armas: en campo de armiño, un chevron de sable; cimera, un delfín arqueado, de su color.

Este apellido es originalmente normando, habiendo sido su nombre de Freynes, que viene del latín “fraxinus”, un fresno. El primer FRENCH fue de Francia a Inglaterra con Guillermo el Conquistador, y se llamaba Theophilus de French. Una rama de sus descendientes se asentó en Co. Wexford hacia 1300, y un siglo más tarde descendientes de ésta pasaron a Galway (en 1425), donde prosperaron y fueron posteriormente aceptados allá como una de las “Tribus de Galway”. En 1444 Walter French fue “mayor”, es decir, alcalde o intendente de Galway, y otra rama de esta familia pasó a Co. Roscommon.

Origen: Irlandés, Normando. 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. First found in Devonshire. 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.

Variantes: French, Frenche y otros.

Motto: I would rather die than be disgraced.

 

 

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