French

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name French mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of French

"French" is a name of American origin, and it means "From France". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective French
Of or pertaining to France or its inhabitants.

Etymology: AS. frencisc, LL. franciscus, from L. Francus a Frank: cf. OF. franceis franchois françois, F. français. See Frank (a.), and cf. Frankish

noun French
Senses
  1. The language spoken in France.
  2. Collectively, the people of France.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The Romance language spoken in France and in countries colonized by France
  2. The people of France
  3. United States sculptor who created the seated marble figure of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. (1850-1931)
  4. Cut (e.g, beans) lengthwise in preparation for cooking ("French the potatoes")
  5. Of or pertaining to France or the people of France ("French cooking")
Wiktionary

Middle English French, Frens(c)h from Old English frencisc (“of the Franks, Frankish, French”), from Franca (“a Frank”). Compare Old High German Franko (“a Frank”), akin to Old English franca (“javelin, spear”), from the use of such weapons by the Franks.

Notable Persons Named French

French Montana is a hip hop music rapping, record producer, and entrepreneurship. He was most prominent from 2002 to present. French was given the name Karim Kharbouch on November 9th, 1984 in 1984-11-09. French is also known as Montana and French.

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French Stewart is an actor. He has been prominent since 1992. French was given the name Milton French Stewart on February 20th, 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.

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French Tickner is a voice acting, actor, and voice actor. His ongoing career started in 1950. French was given the name French A. Tickner on August 26th, 1930 in California.

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French Forrest is a military person. His military service ended in 1861.

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French is also known as Louis Seymour (real name). He died in 1915.

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French Ensor Chadwick is a military person.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name French

Melinda Gates is a co-chair, operator of bill & melinda gates foundation, bill & melinda gates foundation, and operator ofbill & melinda gates foundation. Melinda was given the name Melinda Ann French on August 15th, 1964 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.

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Dawn French is an actress, comedian, and writer. She was most active from 1981 to present. Dawn was given the name Dawn Roma French on October 11th, 1957 in Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales.

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Nancy A. French is a writer. Nancy was born in Paris, Tennessee.

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He was most active from 1954 to 1989. Victor was given the name Victor Edwin French on December 4th, 1934 in Santa Barbara, California, U.S. He passed away on June 15th, 1989.

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Tana was born in 1973.

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Steve French is a christian music musician. He was most active from 1981 to 2014. Steve was born on September 24th, 1959 in Mascot, Tennessee.

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How popular is the baby name French in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 6 0 6
1883 7 0 7
1884 7 0 7
1885 5 0 5
1886 5 0 5
1888 5 0 5
1890 10 0 10
1891 12 0 12
1892 7 0 7
1893 6 0 6
1894 5 0 5
1895 8 0 8
1896 6 0 6
1897 8 0 8
1898 10 0 10
1899 9 0 9
1900 10 0 10
1905 6 0 6
1906 7 0 7
1907 8 0 8
1908 5 0 5
1910 7 0 7
1911 10 0 10
1912 12 0 12
1913 12 0 12
1914 18 0 18
1915 31 0 31
1916 18 0 18
1917 20 0 20
1918 34 5 29
1919 20 0 20
1920 35 5 30
1921 22 0 22
1922 27 0 27
1923 25 0 25
1924 25 0 25
1925 27 0 27
1926 22 0 22
1927 20 0 20
1928 22 0 22
1929 27 0 27
1930 13 0 13
1931 18 0 18
1932 12 0 12
1933 24 0 24
1934 19 0 19
1935 24 0 24
1936 15 0 15
1937 15 0 15
1938 11 0 11
1939 17 0 17
1940 21 0 21
1941 14 0 14
1942 16 0 16
1943 12 0 12
1944 17 0 17
1945 10 0 10
1946 15 0 15
1947 10 0 10
1948 15 0 15
1949 11 0 11
1950 11 0 11
1951 9 0 9
1952 9 0 9
1953 9 0 9
1954 15 0 15
1955 11 0 11
1956 6 0 6
1957 11 0 11
1958 13 0 13
1960 6 0 6
1961 8 0 8
1962 6 0 6
1963 8 0 8
1964 10 0 10
1965 6 0 6
1966 9 0 9
1967 5 0 5
1968 10 0 10
1969 7 0 7
1970 6 0 6
1971 7 0 7
1972 6 0 6
1973 6 0 6
1975 9 0 9
1976 5 0 5
1978 7 0 7
1986 7 0 7
1989 5 0 5
1999 7 0 7

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Popularity of French as a last name

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Common last names for French

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  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Taylor
  • Brown
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity French U.S.
  White 85.75% 64.26%
  African American 8.10% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.11% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.92% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name French

People with the last name French are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name French

  • How Popular is the name French? French is the 9,783rd most popular name of all time. As a last name French was the 525th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name French have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,129 babies born with the first name French in the United States. That's more than enough people named French to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named French? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was French first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name French is Thursday, April 10th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named French born? The highest recorded use of the first name French was in 1915 with a total of 31 babies.
  • Random French Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name French is not a popular baby boy's name in West Virginia. Imagine that, only 14 babies in West Virginia have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name French: Your name in reverse order is Hcnerf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rcfhne. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name French? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 63,991 people with the last name French.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of French? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 22 of them will have French as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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