Franke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Franke 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 Franke family

The surname Franke 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 Franke family

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

Franke 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 Franke family (pre 1700)

During this early period, notable bearers of the name Franke 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...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Franke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Franke migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Franke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Franke, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • Hen Franke, who sailed to Virginia in 1653
  • Hen Franke, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • Tho Franke, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]
Franke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Franke, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Christina Franke, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742 [1]
  • Christopher Franke, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742 [1]
  • Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Franke went to Philadelphia in 1793
  • Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Franke, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1793 [1]
Franke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christian Franke moved to Baltimore in 1832 when he was 13 years old
  • Peter Franke, who arrived in America in 1833 [1]
  • Bernh Heinr Anton Franke, who landed in America in 1837 [1]
  • Joh W Franke, who arrived in Indiana in 1837 [1]
  • Samuel Franke, who landed in America in 1839 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Franke migration to Australia

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

Franke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Heinrich Franke, aged 26, a farmer, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Franke (post 1700)

  • Major-General Gustav Henry Franke (1888-1953), American Member of the War Department Dependency Board (1942) [3]
  • Bob Franke (b. 1947), American folk singer/songwriter
  • Jay Anthony Franke (b. 1972), American actor, voice actor and musician
  • William B. Franke (1894-1979), American financial manager, U.S. Secretary of the Navy 1959-1961
  • Christopher Franke (b. 1953), German musician and composer
  • Werner Franke (b. 1940), German professor of cell and molecular biology
  • Josef Franke (1876-1944), German architect
  • Jens Franke (b. 1964), German mathematician
  • Herbert W. Franke (b. 1927), German science fiction writer
  • Herbert Franke (b. 1914), German sinologist, co-author of the Cambridge History of China
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Franke family

Bismarck
  • Willi Franke (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 [4]
  • Rolf Franke (1918-1941), German Bootsmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]
  • Erhard Franke (1919-1941), 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 [4]
  • Heinz Franke (1917-1941), German Matrosenhauptgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]
  • Alfred Franke (1919-1941), 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 [4]

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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) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847HermanVonBeckerath.htm
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Gustav Franke. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Franke/Gustav_Henry/USA.html
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
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