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Multiple Origins for the Surname Franke



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.

Franke Early Origins



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.

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Franke Spelling Variations


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Franke Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Frank, Franke, Frankk, Frankke, Franck, Francke, Franckk, Franckke, Franken, Frankhen, Franckhen and many more.

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Franke Early History


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Franke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Franke research. Another 357 words (26 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.

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Franke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Franke Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Hen Franke, who sailed to Virginia in 1653
  • Hen Franke, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Tho Franke, who arrived in Virginia in 1658

Franke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Franke, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Christina Franke, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Christopher Franke, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Franke went to Philadelphia in 1793
  • Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Franke, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1793

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
  • Bernh Heinr Anton Franke, who landed in America in 1837
  • Joh W Franke, who arrived in Indiana in 1837
  • Samuel Franke, who landed in America in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Franke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Heinrich Franke, aged 26, a farmer, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847HermanVonBeckerath.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Franke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Franke (post 1700)



  • Major-General Gustav Henry Franke (1888-1953), American Member of the War Department Dependency Board (1942)
  • 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 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847HermanVonBeckerath.htm

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  4. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  6. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  9. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  11. ...

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