The ancestors of the bearers of the Franklan family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found at the francland or freeland.
It the surname Franklan originally derived from the Old French word Francland
which referred to dweller at the freeland.
The surname Franklan is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
Early Origins of the Franklan family
The surname Franklan was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times and were Lords of the manor of Thirkelby in that county.
Early History of the Franklan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Franklan research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1816, 1531, 1587, 1640, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1630, 1698, 1640, 1697, 1671, 1685, 1665 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Franklan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Franklan Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Franklan include Frankland, Franklands, Franckland, Francklands and many more.
Early Notables of the Franklan family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Jocosa or Joyce Frankland (1531-1587), an English philanthropist; William Frankland (died 1640), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1628 to 1629 and in 1640; Richard Frankland (1630-1698) was an English nonconformist from Rathmell, a hamlet in... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Franklan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Franklan family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Franklan or a variant listed above: Anne Franklaind who settled in Virginia in 1643; John Frankland settled in Virginia in 1700; Mr. Frankland settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775.