Category Archives: French Surnames

European Ancestors – Understanding France – Index to the Series

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. If you are wondering what the various posts were about, wonder no more, this is the index! Census Paris Births Baptisms Deaths … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (39) Surname Distribution

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. One of the things that is useful, is to see a visual display of where a surname appears across a country. In … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (29) Official Name Changes

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Surnames did not become widespread to the 15th Century for the majority of those in France. Those that wanted to change their … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (28) French Surnames (Geographical)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Continuing the French Surname posts from (31) Geographical surnames are a feature of many countries, based upon a person’s residence, perhaps the … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (30) French Surnames (Alias & Dit)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. In some areas a second surname was likely adopted to distinguish between branches of the same wider family; this was especially so … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (31) French Surnames

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Surnames can be traced back to the 11th Century, but these were not widespread, and it took several centuries for it to … Continue reading

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