French (surname)

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French is an anglicised version of Defreine which has a Norman Irish origin.

The DeFreines, the ffrenches, and the Frenches, who were of noble blood, came to Ireland with Strongbow during the Norman invasion of Ireland from 1169 to 1172 AD. There were and still are two or three families of Irish peers who carry the names DeFréine, ffrench, and French. As Anglo-Normans the French family became one of the 14 Tribes of Galway, helping to found the town in 1425 AD, fortifying it to keep the locals out.

French is or was the family name of the following individuals (alphabetized by first name):

See also[edit]

  • Joseph French, detective who appears in several novels by Irish-English author Freeman Wills Crofts (1879–1957)
  • Giles French, English butler "Mr. French", portrayed by actor Sebastian Cabot on 1966–71 U.S. television series Family Affair
  • Paul French, pseudonym used by American author Isaac Asimov (1920–1992) for his juvenile book series Lucky Starr
  • Nicci French, pseudonym of a married duo of British journalists and authors, Nicci Gerrard and Sean French
  • Jim French (horse) (1968–1992), American thoroughbred racehorse
  • People named Ffrench
  • the Lords de Freyne (1786- )