70+ Popular French Last Names, Their Meanings, And Phonetic Spelling

70+ Popular And Classic French Last Names That Scream ‘Ooh La La’

December 5, 2019 Updated January 12, 2022

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Last names are great bridges between a family’s past and present and while baby name trends come and go, last names are forever.  Like the country they stem from, French last names have a certain sophistication to them. French names can come from either the mother or father’s side of the family. So, if someone is given the name August Landry, it also means, “August, son of Landry.” Like most cultures, surnames also originate from family occupations or an ancestor’s trade. Common names that reflect that include Fabron, which means blacksmith, and Pelletier, which translates to fur trader. Other surnames focus on where the family is from or their status and may include the prefix, “de,” “des,” “du,” and “le.” For example, De la Cour means “of the court,” and Delisle means, “of the island.” There are also many French names of Germanic origin due to a history of invasions, which caused the two cultures to mix. Keep in mind that having a name of German origin does not necessarily mean you’re of German descent. 

A lot of people all over the world have French names and surnames, and because of colonization they can be found in African and Arabic surnames as well, but in English-speaking countries, they’re usually pronounced in an Anglicized way. Fear not: If you have a French last name, we’re here to help put the flaveur into your pronunciation of it. Oh, and you’re not the only one curious about French last names and their meanings. In fact, according to the latest search data available, that query is searched for nearly 40,500 times per month.

Say bonjour to our list of popular and classic French last names with their meanings and phonetic spellings. Voilà!

If you’re interested in the last names and meanings of other countries, check out our package on last names from around the world. See how many you recognize: Irish, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Brazilian, Portuguese, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, and African last names, among others. 

Popular French Last Names

  1. Lavigne
    Pronunciation: La-veen-ye
    Meaning: Vine.
  2. Monet
    Pronunciation: Mon-ay
    Meaning: A form of the name Simon, meaning to be heard.
  3. Blanchet
    Pronunciation: Blan-shay
    Meaning: Blanket or fair-haired person.
  4. Garnier
    Pronunciation: Gar-nee-yay
    Meaning: Keeper of granary.
  5. Moulin
    Pronunciation: Moo-lan
    Meaning: Mill/Miller.
  6. Toussaint
    Pronunciation: Too-san
    Meaning: All saints.
  7. Laurent
    Pronunciation: Lor-onn
    Meaning: Laurel, which is the name of a leaf powerful leaders wore in their crowns during ancient times.
  8. Dupont
    Pronunciation: Dew-pon
    Meaning: Of the bridge.
  9. Martin
    Pronunciation: Mar-tan
    Meaning: Derives from Mars, the Roman god of war.
  10. Boucher
    Pronunciation: Boo-shay
    Meaning: Butcher.
  11. Allard
    Pronunciation: Al-arr
    Meaning: Noble or hardy.
  12. Chevrolet
    Pronunciation: Shev-ro-lay
    Meaning: Goatherder.
  13. Moreau
    Pronunciation: More-row
    Meaning: Dark-skinned.
  14. Corbin
    Pronunciation: Cor-ban
    Meaning: Little crow or raven.
  15. Dubois
    Pronunciation: Dew-bwah
    Meaning: Of the forest.

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  16. Leroy
    Pronunciation: Leer-wah
    Meaning: The king.
  17. Cartier
    Pronunciation: Cart-ee-yay
    Meaning: A carter or transporter of goods.
  18. Duplantier
    Pronunciation: Dew-plon-tee-yay
    Meaning: Of the plantation or someone who lives near a plantation of trees.
  19. Fournier
    Pronunciation: Four-nee-yay
    Meaning: Baker.
  20. Beaufort
    Pronunciation: Bow-four
    Meaning: Beautiful or fair fortress.
  21. Bonnet
    Pronunciation: Bon-nay
    Meaning: A person who makes or wears hats.
  22. Rousseau
    Pronunciation: Roo-so
    Meaning: A red-haired person.
  23. Lyon
    Pronunciation: Lee-yon
    Meaning: A person from the city of Lyon, France.
  24. Granger
    Pronunciation: Gran-jay
    Meaning: Farm bailiff.
  25. Fontaine
    Pronunciation: Fon-ten
    Meaning: Fountain.
  26. Chastain
    Pronunciation: Shas-tan
    Meaning: From the chestnut tree.
  27. Beaumont
    Pronunciation: Bow-mon
    Meaning: Fair mountain.
  28. Dufort
    Pronunciation: Dew-forr
    Meaning: Of the fortress.
  29. LaRue
    Pronunciation: La-roo
    Meaning: Of the street or of the road.
  30. Renaud
    Pronunciation: Ren-oh
    Meaning: Rule.
  31. Vernier
    Pronunciation: Ver-nee-yay
    Meaning: Near the alder tree.
  32. Allemand
    Pronunciation: Aa-le-mond
    Meaning: German.
  33. Couture
    Pronunciation: Kou-tur
    Meaning: Tailor.
  34. Abadie
    Pronunciation: Ah-bah-dee
    Meaning: Abbey or family chapel.
  35. Auclair
    Pronunciation: Oh-clare
    Meaning: Clear.
  36. Bassett
    Pronunciation: Bass-set
    Meaning: Of lowly origin.
  37. Archambeau
  38. Pronunciation: Are-shem-bow
    Meaning: Bold or daring.
  39. Adrien
    Pronunciation: Aa-dree-ehn
    Meaning: Rich or dark.
  40. Aguillard
    Pronunciation: Ag-gee-yah
    Meaning: Needle.
  41. Aries
    Pronunciation: Air-Reese
    Meaning: Constellation.
  42. Abreo
    Pronunciation: Aub-rio
    Meaning: A wise counselor.
  43. Alarie
    Pronunciation: All-lar-ree
    Meaning: All-powerful.
  44. Barbier
    Pronunciation: Bahr-bee-er
    Meaning: Barber.
  45. Baudelaire
    Pronunciation: Bohd-l-air
    Meaning: Small sword or dagger.
  46. Cadieux
    Pronunciation: Cad-jou
    Meaning: Little fighter.
  47. Abbe
    Pronunciation: A-bey
    Meaning: Head of the monastery.
  48. Acord/Achard/Achart
    Pronunciation: A-kord
    Meaning: Edge of a sword.
  49. Acy
    Pronunciation: As-see
    Meaning: Estate of Acius.
  50. Agard
    Pronunciation: Ag-gyar
    Meaning: Edge of a sword, hardy, or bold.
  51. Blondin
    Pronunciation: Blon-da
    Meaning: Blonde.
  52. Blouin
    Pronunciation: Blue-ah
    Meaning: Blue or an unusually pale complexion.
  53. Bloyer
    Pronunciation: Bruh-yay
    Meaning: Name for someone who separates the fibers of hemp or flax.
  54. Bobier
    Pronunciation: Boob-yay
    Meaning: A stutterer or stammering.
  55. Boche
    Pronunciation: Bosh
    Meaning: Cabbage head or square head.
  56. Bodin
    Pronunciation: Boo-dah-ng
    Meaning: Shelter or one who brings news.
  57. Bohen
    Pronunciation: Boo-an
    Meaning: Victorious.
  58. Boileau
    Pronunciation: Boy-loh
    Meaning: To drink or water.
  59. Boire
    Pronunciation: Bwar
    Meaning: To drink.
  60. Bois
    Pronunciation: Bwah
    Meaning: Bush, shrub, or undergrowth.
  61. Boisclair
    Pronunciation: Bewh-glare
    Meaning: Clear wood or light.
  62. Boisseau
    Pronunciation: Bweh-so
    Meaning: Bushel or measure of grain.
  63. Archambeau
    Pronunciation: Ar-shom-boo
    Meaning: Bold, daring.
  64. Anouilh
    Pronunciation: Ah-noo-ee
    Meaning: Slow worm.
  65. Barbeau
    Pronunciation: Bar-bo
    Meaning: A type of fish; fisherman.
  66. Chalamet
    Pronunciation: Shall-ah-may
    Meaning: Reed; blowtorch.
  67. Cellier
    Pronunciation: Sell-yer
    Meaning: Storeroom.
  68. Castillon
    Pronunciation: Kaast-ih-yohn
    Meaning: Castle.
  69. Chapdelaine
    Pronunciation: Chaep-dih-lane
    Meaning: Hooded cloak, cape, hat.
  70. D’aureville
    Pronunciation: Dor-vill-e
    Meaning: Golden village.
  71. Lambert
    Pronunciation: LAM-bərt
    Meaning: Land.
  72. Tremblay
    Pronunciation: Trem-blay
    Meaning: Someone who lives near a group of Aspen trees.
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French Phrases

Want to sound like a true French native? Check out these French phrases that will help you fit right in!

Battre le fer pendant qu’il est chaud.
Strike the iron while it is hot.

Vouloir, c’est pouvoir.
To want to is to be able to.

Les murs ont des oreilles.
The walls have ears.

Tout est bien qui finit bien.
All’s well that ends well.

Au petit bonheur la chance.
To little happiness, luck.

Les chiens ne font pas des chats.
Dogs don’t make cats.

Donner sa langue au chat.
To give one’s tongue to the cat.

Se creuser la tête.
Rack one’s brains.