Francke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Francke 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 Francke family

The surname Francke 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 Francke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Francke 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 Francke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Francke 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 Francke family (pre 1700)

During this early period, notable bearers of the name Francke 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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Francke migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Francke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Daniell Francke, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [1]
  • Daniel Francke, who arrived in Virginia in 1624 [1]
Francke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • August Henry Francke, who landed in New York, NY in 1754 [1]
  • Michael Francke, who landed in America in 1777 [1]
  • Christian Francke, who landed in America in 1778 [1]
  • Johann Francke, who arrived in America in 1780 [1]
  • Heinrich Francke, who landed in America in 1780 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Francke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Francke, who landed in America in 1836 [1]
  • Joh W. Francke, who settled in Indiana in 1837
  • Andreas Francke, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Eduard Francke, who arrived in New York, NY in 1853 [1]

Francke migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Francke Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Johann Heinrich Francke, who arrived in Canada in 1783
Francke Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Wilhelm Francke, who settled in Quebec in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Francke (post 1700)

  • Paul Francke (b. 1979), American musician
  • Dr. Gloria Niemeyer Francke (1922-2008), American pharmacist and science writer
  • Master Francke (1380-1440), German painter
  • August Hermann Francke (1663-1727), German Protestant theologian
  • Michael Francke (1946-1989), Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections
  • Fredrick Malcolm Francke (b. 1939), Australian cricketer

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)
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