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The earliest origins of the Frank surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who was referred to as being free or generous. The surname was originally derived from the Old French franc, which meant "liberal, generous." In this case, the name would have been initially bestowed as a nickname either on someone who was generous or in an ironic way on someone who was stingy. The surname also has origins from the Norman official title, the frank which also means free. To confuse matters more, the surname could have been derived from the Norman personal name "Franc," which was originally an ethnic name for one of Frankish race.

Frank Early Origins



The surname Frank was first found in the Domesday Book where bearers of the name Frank were granted lands in Shropshire, Yorkshire, Norfolk, and Surrey. The name appears with some frequency in various counties between the 11th and 14th centuries; early bearers of the name include Ricardus filius Franke, who was living in London in 1188, and Ricardus Franc, who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Essex in 1201.

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Frank Spelling Variations


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Frank Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Frank are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Frank include: Frank, Franks, Franke, Frankes, Frenk, Frink and many more.

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Frank Early History


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Frank Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frank research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1613, 1664, 1640, 1775, 1624 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Frank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Frank Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Frank Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frank Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Frank In Ireland


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Frank In Ireland



Some of the Frank family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Frank or a variant listed above:

Frank Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Frank, who immigrated to Virginia in 1622
  • Robert Frank, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Catherine Frank immigrated to Virginia in 1695
  • Cath Frank, who arrived in Virginia in 1695

Frank Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Marten Frank, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Michal Frank, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Johannes Conrad Frank, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • John Frank, who purchased land in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Anna Frank, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Frank Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Hinr Frank, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • John George Frank, aged 12, landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Margaret Frank, aged 38, landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Regina Barbara Frank, aged 18, landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Paul Frank, aged 45, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Frank Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Frank, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Elisabeth Frank, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Jacob Frank, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Marra Frank, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Maria Frank, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

Frank Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Georg Michael Frank, who arrived in Quebec in 1852
  • Charles Frank, who was living in Ontario in 1871

Frank Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • J. Friedrich Frank, a farmer, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred"

Frank Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • P Frank landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1843 aboard the ship St Paul
  • Johan G. Frank, aged 32, a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Carl Frank, aged 42, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876
  • Elisabeth Frank, aged 46, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876
  • Carl Frank, aged 15, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Frank (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Frank (post 1700)



  • Daniel Frank (b. 1965), American Olympic sliver medalist for long jump at the 1904 games
  • Sanford Jay Frank (1954-2014), American four-time Primetime Emmy Award winning television writer, best known as a writer for Late Night with David Letterman
  • Thomas Frank (b. 1965), American author, journalist and columnist for Harper's Magazine
  • Robert Frank (b. 1924), Swiss-born, American photographer and author, best known for his book The Americans (1958)
  • Brigadier-General Selby Harney Frank (1891-1974), American Chief of Stock Control Division, Field Service, Office of the Chief of Ordnance (1945-1947)
  • Major-General Walter Hale Frank (1886-1968), American Special Assistant to the Commanding General US Army Air Forces (1944-1945)
  • Douglas G Frank, English president of the Lords Tribunal in Buckinghamshire
  • Professor Frederick Frank, prominent English scientist and researcher in Physics
  • Albert Bernhard Frank (1839-1900), German biologist who is credited with coining the term mycorrhiza, eponym of the bacterial genus Frankia and family Frankiaceae
  • Frederick Bacon Frank (1827-1911), British landowner who held estates in Yorkshire and Norfolk
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Frank Historic Events


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Frank Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Master Alister  Frank (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Suggested Readings for the name Frank


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Suggested Readings for the name Frank



  • Our Families and Kin, Now and Then: Blackburn, Franck (also Frank), Leake, and Thornton by Arline Tatum Lorente.
  • German-American Pioneers in Wisconsin and Michigan: The Frank-Kerler Letters, 1849-1864 by Louis Frederick Frank.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non nobis nati
Motto Translation: Born not for ourselves


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Frank Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frank 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.

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