The name Frankish comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who was referred to as being free or generous. The surname was originally derived from the Old French franc,
which meant "liberal, generous." In this case, the name would have been initially bestowed as a nickname
either on someone who was generous or in an ironic way on someone who was stingy. The surname also has origins from the Norman official title, the frank
which also means free.
To confuse matters more, the surname could have been derived from the Norman personal name
"Franc," which was originally an ethnic name for one of Frankish race.
Early Origins of the Frankish family
The surname Frankish was first found in the Domesday Book
where bearers of the name Frankish were granted lands in Shropshire
, and Surrey
. The name appears with some frequency in various counties between the 11th and 14th centuries; early bearers of the name include Ricardus filius
Franke, who was living in London in 1188, and Ricardus Franc, who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Essex
Early History of the Frankish family
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Frankish Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Frankish has undergone many spelling variations
, including Frank, Franks, Franke, Frankes, Frenk, Frink and many more.
Early Notables of the Frankish family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Frankish family to Ireland
Some of the Frankish family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Frankish family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Frankish were among those contributors:
Frankish Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Anne Frankish, who landed in Virginia in 1699 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)
The Frankish 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: Non nobis nati
Motto Translation: Born not for ourselves