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France Name Meaning

English: ethnic name for someone from France (see 2 below). French: habitational name given to someone from France (at the time when the name only applied to those lands belonging to the French king covering only a small part of its current territory) or from Île-de-France (i.e. from a region centered on Paris); or in southern France an ethnic name for someone from what is now the northern half of the country where the langue d'oïl (Old French as distinct from Occitan) was spoken. Compare Defrance and Lafrance . Czech (Franče): from a pet form of František Latin Franciscus (see Francis ). Slovenian: from a pet form of the personal name Franc .

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


Similar surnames: Franc, Franze, Franca, Frances, Franko, Franco, Frano, Crance, Face

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Where is the France family from?

You can see how France families moved over time by selecting different census years. The France family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most France families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,702 France families living in Yorkshire. This was about 36% of all the recorded France's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of France families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the France surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your France ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named France. 10% of France men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of France women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named France were Colliery Hewer and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    10%
  • Incapacitated
    4%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Colliery Hewer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    67%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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What France family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 168,000 census records available for the last name France. Like a window into their day-to-day life, France census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 26,000 immigration records available for the last name France. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 90,000 military records available for the last name France. For the veterans among your France ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average France lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, France life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for France in 1944 was 22, and 75 in 2004.

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