Franks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Franks derived from the given name Francis. Although it began as a name indicating that the bearer was French in nationality, the popularity of the name Francis was greatly encouraged by the fame of St. Francis of Assisi in during the Middle Ages, and the meaning of the name was subsequently altered. This is also a name for a person from Franconia, which is a region of Southwestern Germany that was named after the Franks, who settled in this region after the fall of the Roman Empire.

Early Origins of the Franks family

The surname Franks was first found in Bohemia, where the name Frank became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Important Dates for the Franks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Franks research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1679, 1616, 1663, 1499, 1543, 1618, 1677, 1644, 1700, 1663, 1727, 1643 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Franks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Franks Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Frank, Franke, Frankk, Frankke, Franck, Francke, Franckk, Franckke, Franken, Frankhen, Franckhen and many more.

Early Notables of the Franks family (pre 1700)

During this early period, notable bearers of the name Franks included Sebastian Franck (1499-1543), a freethinker and one of the first German historians; Johann Franck (Frank) (1618-1677), a German lyric poet and hymnist; and...
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Franks migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Franks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Pr, Franks Sr., who landed in Maryland in 1658 [1]
  • Ann Franks, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [1]
  • Pr Franks Sr., who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [1]
Franks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Franks, who settled in Georgia in 1735
  • Moses Benjamin Franks, who arrived in New York in 1748 [1]
  • Moses Benjamin Franks, who arrived in New York, NY in 1748 [1]
  • H B Franks, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1755 [1]
  • David Franks, who arrived in New York in 1798 [1]
Franks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Franks, who arrived in New York in 1838 [1]
  • Hamer Franks, aged 30, who landed in Missouri in 1848 [1]
  • W H Hackman Franks, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Samuel Franks, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [1]
  • Henry Franks, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852 [1]
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Franks migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Franks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Franks, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Betty Franks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Catha Franks, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Charles Franks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Eliz Franks, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Franks migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Franks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Franks, British Convict who was convicted in Stafford, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [2]
  • Thomas Franks, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander" [3]
  • Henry Franks, aged 28, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [4]
  • George Franks, aged 36, a herdsman, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [5]

Franks migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Franks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Franks, (b. 1838), aged 25, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "David G. Fleming" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th December 1863 [6]
  • Mrs. Mary A. Franks, (b. 1841), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "David G. Fleming" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th December 1863 [6]
  • Miss Franks, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "May Queen" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 15th November 1871 [6]
  • Miss Mary Franks, (b. 1852), aged 20, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th December 1872 [6]
  • Mary Franks, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
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Contemporary Notables of the name Franks (post 1700)

  • Brigadier-General John Brandon Franks (1890-1946), American Acting Director of International Division, Army Service Forces (1942-1943) [7]
  • General Tommy Ray Franks (b. 1945), Retired United States General and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Tillman B. Franks (1920-2006), American bassist, and songwriter
  • Frederick Melvin Franks Jr., retired General of the United States Army
  • Daniel Lamont "Bubba" Franks (b. 1978), American NFL football tight end
  • Robert Douglas Franks (b. 1951), former U.S. Representative from New Jersey
  • William Joseph Franks (b. 1830), United States Navy sailor, recipient of the Medal of Honor, eponym of the USS Franks (DD-554)
  • Albert John Franks (1936-2017), English footballer
  • Cecil Franks (1935-2014), British solicitor and politician, was a Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness from the 1983 to 1992
  • Sir Arthur Temple "Dick" Franks (1920-2008), Head of the Secret Intelligence Service from 1979 to 1982
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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Lysander.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) John Franks. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Franks/John_Brandon/USA.html
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