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Surnames, their origin and their meaning

Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

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Surname Origin Meaning
Abbee France French abbey
Adnett France French son of Adam
Albany France French Albi(g)ny, now Aubigny, France
Ambler France French Ambleur, an officer of the king's stables
Ames France French Amie, a friend, beloved
Angell France French Angel, Messenger
Arceneau France French gunmaker
Aucoin France French Alcuin, of German origin, meaning friend of the temple
Babin France French Babylas
Badeau France French the Parisians who admired every thing that seems a little extraordinary
Bagot France French A stay or walking staff
Baillie France French bailiff
Baines France French The healing baths
Bains France French The healing baths
Bancroft France French bain, a bath, a hot-house
Bannister France French The keeper of a bath
Barret France French barat, strife, deceit
Basset France French A little fat man with short legs
Beauvais France French beautiful place
Bedeau France French a beadle, mace-bearer
Beecher France French Beau chère, fine entertainment
Belcher France French Bel-chère, good cheer, fine entertainment
Bellamont France French beautiful mount
Bellamy France French bel, fair or beautiful, and ami, a friend or companion
Belmont France French fair mount
Benoit France French Benedictus, blessed
Berry France French the province of Berri, in France
Bessette France French bas meaning either low, low-born, or short
Beveridge France French Belvoir, fine prospect; and ridge, the back or top of a hill
Bewley France French Beaulieu, a beautiful place
Bigler France French One who squints
Blain France French the town of Blain, in Bretagne, France
Bodine France French Waggish, merry, sportive
Bonner France French Bonheur, happiness, good-fortune, prosperity
Bontecou France French Bonte, goodness, strength, fruitfulness, and cul, the bottom behind
Boucher France French butcher
Bourg France French someone who lived in a fortified town
Bourque France French someone who lived in a town that had been fortified
Boutin France French Bout meaning someone who lived at the edge of a town or village
Bouvier France French A drover
Bovie France French Beauvais, a town in France
Bracy France French Bracy, a town in Normandy
Braud France French a place in Gironde named Braud
Breuilly France French A coppice
Brierly France French bruyere, shrubs growing on commons and heaths
Broussard France French brush
Brun France French brown
Bruyere France French A common or heath covered with shrubs
Bucher France French A wood-house
Bussey France French the town of Bussey, in the province of Burgundy, France
Byron France French De Biron, from the town of Biron, in the province of Guienne, France
Cabbell France French Cabel
Cabel France French Cabel
Cabell France French Cabeau
Cable France French Cabeau
Callander France French calandre
Callard France French Caillard
Callender France French calandre
Damant France French D'Amont = From Up the River
Damont France French D'Amont = From Up the River
Dancey France French Dantus's Estate
Dancy France French Dantus's Estate
Dangerfield France French D'Angerville, rom Angerville, a town in the province of Orleans, France
Dannatt France French Little Dan
Dannett France French Little Dan
Dansie France French Dantus's Estate
Danvers France French De Anverso, from the town of Anvers, in France
Darch France French arc, arche, an arched structure
Darcy France French D'Arcy, D'Arcey, D'Arcay = Of Arcy
Dare France French D'Aire = Of Aire or the Area
Darly France French D'Erle, from the town of Erle in France
Darsey France French D'Arcy, D'Arcey, D'Arcay = Of Arcy
Darsie France French D'Arcy, D'Arcey, D'Arcay = Of Arcy
Daubeny France French D'Aubigny = Of Aubigny or Albinus's Estate
D'Aubigne France French Aubigne, a town in France, in the department of Cher
Daubney France French D'Aubigny = Of Aubigny or Albinus's Estate
Dauby France French Aubigne, a town in France, in the department of Cher
Dauche France French Dutch
Dauchy France French Dutch
Daunay France French D'Aunay = Of Aunay or the Alder-Grove
Dauney France French D'Aunay = Of Aunay or the Alder-Grove
Daunt France French D'Aunet = Of Aunet or the Alder-Grove
Daunton France French Danton
Davall France French Daval or D'Aval = From Down the River
Davitt France French Little David
Davoll France French Daval or D'Aval = From Down the River
Dawtrey France French De Hauterive = Of Hauterive Normandy or The High Bank or Shore
Dawtry France French De Hauterive = Of Hauterive Normandy or The High Bank or Shore
De Vere France French Of Ver
De Vries France French De Frise = Of Friesland
Death France French D'Aeth or D'Ethe
Deathe France French D'Aeth or D'Ethe
Deeth France French D'Aeth or D'Ethe
Defoe France French De Fau = Of the Beech
Defrece France French De Frise = Of Friesland
Defries France French De Frise = Of Friesland
Defriez France French De Frise = Of Friesland
Delaflote France French From the fleet
Delamare France French De la Mare = Of The Pool
Delamater France French Le maitre, the master, overseer, landlord, preceptor
Delamere France French De la Mare = Of The Pool
Delamore France French De la Mare = Of The Pool
Delancy France French De Lancy, from the town of Lancy, in the province of Burgundy, France
Delauney France French the town of Lorme, in the province of Livernoi, France
Delorme France French the town of Lorme, in the province of Livernoi, France
Delven France French De Elven or D'Elven, from Elven, a town in Brittany, France
Denew France French De Noue = Of the Marsh-Pasture
Denyer France French denier, money, cash
Depaul France French son of Paul
Desmarais France French marshy places
Devereaux France French D'Evreux = Of Evreux Eure, Normandy
Devereux France French D'Evreux = Of Evreux Eure, Normandy
Devey France French De Vey or De Vay = Of Vey or Vay, the Ford
Deville France French village or town
Dicey France French Dicy, Dissay, or Disse, all names of places in France
Maigny France French An old province of France lying to the east of Bretagne
Mallery France French Mallieure
Manners France French Manoir to stay or to abide
Marchant France French merchant
Massenger France French messager
Mechant France French bad, wicked
Merle France French blackbird
Merril France French blackbird
Meshaw France French Mechant, bad, wicked
Molyneux France French Moulin, a mill
Montague France French De Mont aigue, from the sharp or steep mountain
Mooney France French Meunier,a miller
Moreau France French a Moor
Mott France French A round artificial hill
Mullins France French miller
Murrell France French A sea wall or bank, to keep off the water
Naffis France French From Nefils, that is, born son, from Ne and fils
Neff France French Naif, artless, candid
Neveu France French nephew
Neville France French a town in Poitou, France
Noel France French Christmas
Orme France French elm-tree
Paine France French pagan
Case France French A hut, a hovel
Cash France French casse, a case
Cattell France French Castle
Cattle France French Castle
Cazenove France French New House
Chaff France French Chauve = Bald
Chaffe France French Chauve = Bald
Chaffee France French Chafe, to heat, to grow warm or angry
Chambres France French Chamber-Attendant
Champ France French Field
Champe France French champ, a field
Champney France French Champ, a field, and ey, water-the wet country or country near the water
Chant France French song
Chastel France French Castle
Chastell France French Castle
Cheever France French Chevir signifies to master or overcome
Dillamore France French De la Mare = Of The Pool
Dillimore France French De la Mare = Of The Pool
Diprose France French Depreaux = Of Preaux or the Meadows
Dive France French Dinmore, Great Hill-Fort
Dives France French Dinmore, Great Hill-Fort
Dobney France French D'Aubigny = Of Aubigny or Albinus's Estate
Dobree France French D'Aubry/D'Aubray, Of Aubry/Aubray or the White Poplar Grove
Doree France French Dore, with Golden Hair
Dorey France French Dore, with Golden Hair
Dorree France French Dore, with Golden Hair
Dory France French Dore, Golden Hair
Douay France French the town of Douay, in the province of Artois, France
Doust France French Doucet
Dowse France French Douce
Dowsett France French Doucet
Dowsing France French Doussin = Douss- for Douce
Dubock France French Of The Wood
Dubois France French Of The Wood
Ducat France French Ducat, Ducquet = Duc Little Duke
Duckett France French Ducat, Ducquet = Duc Little Duke
Duckitt France French Ducat, Ducquet = Duc Little Duke
Ducloss France French The Enclosure claudere clausum, to close
Pelletier France French A furrier, or skinner
Perry France French from Pierre
Pierpont France French stone bridge
Poindexter France French poin being derived from pungo, to pierce, to prick, and dexter, right, as opposed to left
Pomeroy France French Pomme-roi, a kind of apple, the royal apple, king's apple, or king of apples; a name probably given to a gardener for his skill in raising them
Porcher France French slaying the boar
Prideaux France French Presd'eaux, near the water
Renard France French A fox, cunning
Reyes France French king from Latin rex
Rouse France French red-haired
Rousseau France French reddish hair
Roux France French someone with red hair
Rufus France French Red
Rye France French From Rive, a coast, a shore, a bank, border
Sanxay France French Town in Poitou, France
Sommer France French to sum or cast up
Chenery France French Chenevrey
Cheney France French Chene, an oak
Chennell France French Little Chene, an oak
Clare France French Clarus, pure, renowned, illustrious
Clear France French Clarus, pure, renowned, illustrious
Cleare France French Clarus, pure, renowned, illustrious
Coggin France French coquin knave, rascal
Duley France French Du Lieu, Of The Place
Duly France French Du Lieu, Of The Place
Dumas France French The Little Farm or Estate
Dummett France French Dumet
Dumont France French Of The Mount
Dunville France French Donville
Duparc France French Of The Park
Dupont France French Of The Bridge
Dupree France French Of The Meadow
Duprey France French Of The Meadow
Dupuis France French Of The Well or Pit
Dupuy France French Of The Height
Durandu France French Durandeau, Little Durand
Durbin France French Durban
Durell France French Durel = Hard, Stern, Severe
Dury France French Dur's Estate
Duval France French Of The Valley
Duvall France French Of The Valley
Dyall France French Deicola the patron-saint of Franche Comte = Worshipper of God
Dyne France French Dion
Facet France French Facette, a little face
Fasset France French Fausette, falsehood, cheat, forgery
Faucet France French Fausette, falsehood, cheat, forgery
Fisk France French From Fisc, revenue, public funds
Fletcher France French A maker of arrows, or superintendant of archery
Follet France French Frolicksome, merry, gay
Folliot France French Frolicksome, merry, gay
Sully France French the town in the province of Orleans, France
Tibbits France French Theobald powerful or bold over the people
Trotter France French Trotteur, a person always on the trot; a rambler
Vacher France French A cow-herd; a keeper of cows
Vasser France French Vavasour, one who holds an estate next to a lord.
Wilmot France French Guillemot, a name frequent in France in early times, derived from Guillaume
Colline France French A hill that rises by degrees
Colvile France French Col's Estate or Farmstead
Colvill France French Col's Estate or Farmstead
Colville France French Col, a neck, strait, or defile; a pass between hills; and ville, a town
Coppin France French Little Jacob
Copps France French copeiz, brushwood
Corbet France French A raven
Corbie France French A raven
Cording France French Little Corde
Cosson France French Broker, Agent
Covell France French Colville, Cove
Covelle France French Colville, Cove
Covill France French Colville, Cove
Fournier France French baker cooking dough in the fourneau ‘oven’
Friar France French a brother, a member of a religious order
Garenneir France French A warrener, a keeper of a warren
Garnier France French Garnir, to summons, warn, call out, furnish, supply
Gaudet France French Waldo
Girard France French Gerard
Godeno France French A Jack in the box
Godenot France French A Jack in the box
Goodenough France French A Jack in the box
Goupil France French An obsolete French word for fox
Granville France French A town in France on the English channel
Grinell France French Grenelle, a town in France
Grosvenor France French A great hunter or the grand huntsman, from Gros veneur
Hardy France French Bold, free, noble
Curnew France French the Cornel-Tree Grove
Curnow France French the Cornel-Tree Grove
Curzon France French courcon, courchon, as 'a piece of land shorter than the others'
Cusack France French Breton coat
Cushman France French maker of cuish, or thigh-armour
Cussack France French Breton coat
Cussen France French Cuss's Son
Cussin France French Cuss's Son
Cusson France French Cuss's Son
Dalbiac France French D'Albiac or Albus's Estate
Homfray France French Homme-vrai, a true man
Jetter France French to overthrow
Landry France French Landric meaning powerful ruler
Laraway France French Le roi
Laroche France French The rock, a lonely mass of stone
Laroque France French The rock, a lonely mass of stone
Larway France French Le roi
Laurent France French Lorens
Lavender France French Lavandière one who washes
Leferre France French Le Ferre, the smith
Lefevre France French ironworker or smith
Lemon France French Le Moin, the monk
Leroy France French rey, roy king
Leveque France French bishop
Lewis France French Louis
Lisle France French L'isle, an island

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