The name French fries comes from the association of the dish with France; occasionally the dish is even called by the French name, pommes frites.
French-fried potatoes first appears in the O. Henry’s weekly magazine The Rolling Stone in 1894:
Our countries are great friends. We have given you Lafayette and French fried potatoes.
French fries is in use by 1903. From the Los Angeles Times of 20 April of that year:
“Hello, Rex M!” he called in that jolly good-natured style of his which he always affects just after he has filled his artificial stomach with porterhouse and French fries.
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