Origins Available: Italian
The distinguished surname Franca comes from Spain
, a country rich in culture and history. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
were the patronymic
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is "ez." The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. Some names are derived from the saints of the Christian Church, but many Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. The Visigoths
, who ruled Spain
between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries had a profound impact on the development of surnames.
Early Origins of the Franca family
The surname Franca was first found in Castile
, in northern Spain.
Early History of the Franca family
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Franca Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Franco, Francos, Franca, Francés, Frances and many more.
Early Notables of the Franca family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Franca family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alonso Franco, who sailed to America in 1528; Enrique Franco, to America in 1527; Juan Franco, to Rio de la Plata in 1535; Francisco Franco Navarro, to Cartagena in 1535.