Frankland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Frankland family

The surname Frankland 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.

Of note was the Frankland Baronetcy, of Thirkelby (or Thirkleby.) This Baronetage of England, created on 24 December 1660 for William Frankland (c. 1640-1697.)

"The name of Frankland has long been established in the western part of the West Riding [of Yorkshire], as at Giggleswick (Wh. C.). Hugh Francklande was a Yorkshire gentleman who contributed £50 for the defence of his country at the time of the expected Spanish invasion of 1588 (Sp.). The name of Franklan occurs in the Hundredorum Rolls, and it seems probable that Frankland is sometimes a corruption of Franklin. There is a Frankland Hall in the North Riding, and the surname is also established there." [1]

Early History of the Frankland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frankland research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1816, 1531, 1587, 1640, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1630, 1698, 1640, 1697, 1671, 1685, 1665, 1726, 1685 and 1747 are included under the topic Early Frankland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Frankland Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Frankland 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 the parish of Giggleswick, Yorkshire. [2] Sir William Frankland, 1st Baronet...
Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frankland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Frankland migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Mr. Frankland, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
Frankland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wm. Frankland, who settled in New Castle County, Del. in 1833
  • James Frankland, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1839

Canada Frankland migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frankland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Frankland, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Frankland, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Frankland migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Frankland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Frankland, English convict who was convicted in Northallerton, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Emerald Isle" on 28th June 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Frankland (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Alfred William Frankland MBE (1912-2020), British allergist and immunologist, an assistant to Alexander Fleming in the development of penicillin
  • 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
  • James Frankland Briggs (1827-1905), American politician, U.S. Representative from New Hampshire (1877-1883)
  • Sir Thomas Frankland Lewis (1780-1855), 1st Baronet, British Poor Law Commissioner and MP


  1. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/emerald-isle)


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