France Family History
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