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Where did the German Franc family come from? What is the German Franc family crest and coat of arms? When did the Franc family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Franc family history?

The surname Franc 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.

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Franc research. Another 357 words(26 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 Franc History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Franc Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Franc Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Florentino Franc, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1888

Franc Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Franc arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Anazi" in 1879

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  • Jean-Louis de Franc d'Anglure, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815


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  10. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
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The Franc Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Franc Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 5 March 2015 at 11:59.

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