Frankenstein History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Frankenstein family

The surname Frankenstein was first found in the regions of the Rhineland and Westphalia, where bearers of the name were part of the Feudal System which became the backbone of early European society. Many bearers of this surname belonged to the knighthood in the Middle Rhine and Franconia regions.

Early History of the Frankenstein family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frankenstein research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1361, 1370, 1456, and 1458 are included under the topic Early Frankenstein History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Frankenstein Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Frankenstein, Frankental, Frenkental, Frankenthal and many more.

Early Notables of the Frankenstein family (pre 1700)

Notables with the name Frankenstein during this period were Johann von Frankenstein, a well known poet, who lived around the year 1300. Petrus von Frankenstein is mentioned in...
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frankenstein Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Frankenstein migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frankenstein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hein Frankenstein went to New York, NY in 1851 when he was 32
  • Jon Sabels Frankenstein went that same year when he was 26
  • C L Frankenstein, who landed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1851 [1]
  • Jac Frankenstein went in 1863 at the age of 48
  • Jakob Frankenstein, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Frankenstein Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Karl Frankenstein, aged 20, who arrived in America from Hannover, Germany, in 1907
  • Zlirel Frankenstein, aged 40, who arrived in America from Plozk, Russia, in 1907
  • Schlomme Frankenstein, aged 16, who arrived in America from Berezin, Russia, in 1907
  • Lea Frankenstein, aged 42, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1907
  • Morris Frankenstein, aged 43, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Frankenstein (post 1700) +

  • Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (b. 1964), born Paul Caiafa, an American guitarist, known for his work with the band the Misfits
  • Alfred Victor Frankenstein (1906-1981), American art and music critic
  • Karl Frankenstein (1905-1990), German-born, Israeli professor in special education and pedagogy


  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)


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