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  • proper noun An Irish barony, originally from Castle ffrench in Galway
  • proper noun An English and Irish surname from the same source


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  • Bananaquits, like hummingbirds, are surprisingly fearless, considering their small size ffrench calls them "very confiding". BANANAQUIT.

  • The Special Committee on Apartheid expresses indignation at the conviction and sentencing today of the Anglican Dean of Johannesburg, the Very Reverend Gonville ffrench-Beytagh, by the South African courts.


  • There is an entry of half-a-crown paid to William Thomas "for his labour to goe to ffalmouth to give an account that two ffrench privateers lay in our bay"; and a little later another half-crown was given "to ffower poore boyes that were taken by a ffrench privateer."

    The Cornwall Coast

  • Children, you must die. ffrench, you called yourselves Gods of the earth, that you should be feered; notwithstanding you shall tast of the bitternesse ....

    French Pathfinders in North America

  • We have a curious affectation in such spellings as ffrench, ffoulkes, etc., where the ff is merely the method of indicating the capital letter in early documents.

    The Romance of Names

  • "Wouldn't it be horrible," I said, "if I found out I wasn't a ffrench at all -- but had really sprung from a low-down, capital F family in the next county or somewhere!"

    Love, the Fiddler

  • "He's a ffrench; he's one of us; and he has come from over the sea to make friends."

    Love, the Fiddler

  • "No doubt that's the ffrench in him," I said, which I think was rather a neat return.

    Love, the Fiddler

  • I'm named Fyles myself -- Fyles ffrench -- and we, like the Castle people -- have managed to retain our little

    Love, the Fiddler

  • "You're Fyles ffrench," she exclaimed, "and a man, and you'd hand the old name down and keep the estate together."

    Love, the Fiddler


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