Origins Available: English
The surname Franciss is derived from the popular medieval given name Franciscus. Much of the popularity of this personal name
was due to the famous religious figure, St. Francis of Assisi.
Early Origins of the Franciss family
The surname Franciss was first found in Oxfordshire
, where the earliest record is Hugo Francus, or Franceis in 1135, at Oseney. Other early records of the name include Robert le Franceis in 1169 in the Pipe Rolls
of Devon; Roger Franceis in 1177 in the Pipe Rolls
of Hampshire; Adam le Francess in 1201 in the Assize Rolls of Somerset; and Robertus filius
Franceis, in 1207 in the Curia Regis Rolls of Sussex.
Early History of the Franciss family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Franciss research.Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1189, 1143, 1213, 1296, 1400, 1400, 1519, 1574, 1604, 1658, 1715 and are included under the topic Early Franciss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Franciss Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Franciss family name include Francis, Frances, Franceys, Francies, Fraunces, Francys, Francess and many more.
Early Notables of the Franciss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Franciss family to Ireland
Some of the Franciss family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Franciss family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Franciss family to immigrate North America: Daniel Francis, who came to Virginia in 1624; John Francis, who settled in Virginia in 1635; James Francis, who came to Virginia in 1639; Alexander Francis, who came to Maryland in 1658.