Origins Available: German-Alt
The surname Franche 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 Franche family
The surname Franche was first found in Bohemia, where the name Francke became noted for its many branches, with several houses acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The family gradually emerged as an important power and were subsequently elevated to the ranks of nobility.
Early History of the Franche family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Franche research.Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1499, 1543, 1616, 1644, 1663, 1679, 1700, 1727, and 1882 are included under the topic Early Franche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Franche Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Franck, Frank, Franke, Frankk, Frankke, Franck, Francks, Francke, Franckk, Franckke, Franken, Frankhen, Franckhen, Franquen, Franks, Franche and many more.
Early Notables of the Franche family (pre 1700)
During this early period, notable bearers of the name Franche included Sebastian Franck (1499-1543), a freethinker and one of the first German historians. J.W. Franck (1644-1700) was a composer of operas; August... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Franche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Franche family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Franche Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Manuel Franche, age 40, settled in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1850
- Manuel Franche, aged 40, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)