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Frank History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , German-Alt , German , Italian , Jewish , Scottish


From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Piedmont emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Frank family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Piedmont is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Frank is a name for "Franc." The surname Franchi can be traced to the Norman given name Franc, which was a name for the Germanic peoples, the Franks, who inhabited the lands around the Rhine River in Roman times. In the 6th century, under the leadership of Clovis I, the Frankish tribe established a substantial empire in Europe, which later developed into the Holy Roman Empire. Their most famous Emperor was Charlemagne. The surname Franchi is also a name for a person from Franconia in Gemany.


Early Origins of the Frank family


The surname Frank was first found in with Giacomo Franchi who was a statesman and member of this prominent family near Genoa in 1445.

Early History of the Frank family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frank research. More information is included under the topic Early Frank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Frank Spelling Variations


Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Frank include Franco, Franca, Franch, Frank, De Franchi, De Franchis, De Franco, Di Franco, La Franca, Franchèlli, Franchelli, Franchèllo, Franchello, Franchétto, Franchitti, Franina, Francolini, Francucci, Franci, Francesetti, Franciotti, Franconi and many more.

Early Notables of the Frank family (pre 1700)


Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Francia, (1450-1517), an Italian painter and goldsmith born in Bolognia; Matteo Franco, (born 1477) a Florentine priest and poet who wrote several volumes of humorous poetry; Veronica Franco (born 1546) , a Venetian courtesan and poet; Nicol Franchi from Piedmont, a counselor...
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frank Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Frank family to the New World and Oceana


Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people 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 [1]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)
  • Catherine Frank immigrated to Virginia in 1695
  • Cath Frank, who arrived in Virginia in 1695 [1]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)

Frank Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Marten Frank, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]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)
  • Michal Frank, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]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)
  • Johannes Conrad Frank, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731 [1]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)
  • John Frank, who purchased land in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Anna Frank, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]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)
  • ... (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]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)
  • John George Frank, aged 12, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]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)
  • Margaret Frank, aged 38, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]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)
  • Regina Barbara Frank, aged 18, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]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)
  • Paul Frank, aged 45, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]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)
  • ... (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, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALFRED 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Alfred.htm

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Frank (post 1700)


  • 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
  • Sandra Kinney Frank, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Kentucky, 1996; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1996
  • ... (Another 75 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  • 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details

Halifax Explosion

  • Master Alister  Frank (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html

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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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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