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French Family History

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

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834,248 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
176,327 Military Records
67,435 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of French Families

  • Number of French families
     547 - 1,092
     183 - 546
     1 - 182
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of French families
     1,404 - 2,806
     469 - 1,403
     1 - 468
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of French families
     191 - 380
     64 - 190
     1 - 63
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

French census records

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French Family Origin

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The information for this chart came from the U.S. Immigration Collection at Ancestry.com. You can find out where the majority of the French families were living before they immigrated to the U.S and learn where to focus your search for foreign records.

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French Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the French families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival and destination.

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Average Life Expectancy for French

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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French Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

French census records

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French Civil War Service Records

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You can find out if your ancestors came primarily from the North of the South.

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