Frank History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Frank 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 Frank family

The surname Frank 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 Frank family

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

Frank 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 Frank family (pre 1700)

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [1]
  • Catherine Frank immigrated to Virginia in 1695
  • Cath Frank, who arrived in Virginia in 1695 [1]
Frank Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Marten Frank, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Michal Frank, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Johannes Conrad Frank, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731 [1]
  • John Frank, who purchased land in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Anna Frank, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • John George Frank, aged 12, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Margaret Frank, aged 38, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Regina Barbara Frank, aged 18, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Paul Frank, aged 45, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Frank migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Frank Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • J. Friedrich Frank, a farmer, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" [2]

Frank migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Frank Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • P Frank, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1843 aboard the ship St Paul
  • Johan G. Frank, aged 32, a farmer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Carl Frank, aged 42, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876
  • Elisabeth Frank, aged 46, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876
  • Carl Frank, aged 15, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876
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Contemporary Notables of the name Frank (post 1700)

  • Dorothea Olivia Benton Frank (1951-2019), best-selling American novelist
  • William J. Frank, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 2012
  • William Frank, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 2nd District, 1924
  • William Frank, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Tennessee 6th District, 1920
  • Walter C. Frank, American politician, Circuit Judge in Illinois 9th Circuit, 1925
  • Tom Frank, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1980
  • Thomas E. Frank, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1948
  • T. J. Frank, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1888
  • Steve Frank (b. 1947), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2004
  • Sara S. Frank, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Westchester County 1st District, 1922
  • ... (Another 77 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Frank family

Bismarck
  • Hans Frank (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Alfred Frank (1922-1941), German Matrosenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
Halifax Explosion
  • Master Alister  Frank (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Leroy George Frank, American Seaman First Class from Arkansas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [5]

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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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALFRED 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Alfred.htm
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  5. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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