Where did the English Francis family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Francis family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Francis, Frances, Franceys, Francies, Fraunces, Francys, Francess and many more.
First found in Oxfordshire , where the earliest record is of Hugo Francus, or Franceis in 1135, in Oseney.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Daniel Francis, who came to Virginia in 1624; John Francis, who settled in Virginia in 1635; James Francis, who came to Virginia in 1639; Alexander Francis, who came to Maryland in 1658.
Suggested Readings for the name Francis
* Captain William Upshaw, Gent., Planter of Virginia: Some of His Georgia Descendants and Allied Families, Francis, Wright, McAllen, Bardwell, Daves, Chalmers by Sophie W. Upshaw.
* Descendants of Joseph Francis of Maryland and Virginia by L.M. Dickson.
Some noteworthy people of the name Francis
* David Rowland Francis (1850-1927), was an American politician.
* Wilbur Francis, American conservationist and researcher
* Dick Francis, English detective novelist
* John Francis, Cancer Research
* Dr. William Francis, British scientist and administrator
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