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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


The name Frankland first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived at the francland or freeland. It the surname Frankland originally derived from the Old French word Francland which referred to dweller at the freeland. The surname Frankland 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.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Frankland has appeared include Frankland, Franklands, Franckland, Francklands and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from ancient times and were Lords of the manor of Thirkelby in that county.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frankland 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 Frankland History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frankland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Frankland arrived in North America very early:

Frankland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Frankland settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Mr. Frankland settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

Frankland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Wm. Frankland settled in New Castle County, Del. in 1833
  • James Frankland settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1839

Frankland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Thos Frankland, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Wm Frankland, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

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  • Henry Frankland (1726-1728), English administrator of the English East India Company, President of Bengal
  • George Frankland (1800-1838), English surveyor, Surveyor-General of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania)
  • Sir Edward Frankland KCB, FRS (1825-1899), English chemist, one of the originators of organometallic chemistry
  • Rosemarie Frankland (1943-2000), Welsh beauty pageant contestant and actress, Miss United Kingdom and Miss World (1961)
  • Richard Joseph Frankland (b. 1963), Australian playwright, scriptwriter and musician
  • Percy Faraday Frankland CBE FRS (1858-1946), British chemist
  • Dr. Anthony Noble Frankland CB, CBE, DFC, DPhil (b. 1922), British historian, former Director General of the Imperial War Museum


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  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Frankland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frankland 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.

This page was last modified on 14 February 2016 at 04:25.

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