The name Frankelin is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a landowner who was not a member of the nobility. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old French word fraunclein,
which became frankeleyn in Old English, and denoted rank within the feudal
system; a person who owned land but did not have the right to call himself a lord.
Early Origins of the Frankelin family
The surname Frankelin was first found in Buckinghamshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Frankelin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frankelin research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1234, 1274, 1630, 1684, 1647, 1625, 1640, 1630, 1685, 1661, 1679, 1697 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Frankelin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Frankelin Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Frankelin include Franklyn, Francklyn, Francklin, Franklin, Franklind and many more.
Early Notables of the Frankelin family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Franklin (1630-1684), an English nonconformist divine; Sir John Franklyn (died 1647), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Middlesex in 1625 and 1640; Sir Richard... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frankelin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Frankelin family to Ireland
Some of the Frankelin 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.
Migration of the Frankelin family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Frankelin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Henry Franklin who settled in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Franklin settled in New England
in 1679; Josiah Franklin settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630.
The Frankelin 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: Pro rege et patria
Motto Translation: For King and country.