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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.

Early History of the Frankland family


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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...
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Migration of the Frankland family to the New World and Oceana


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

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

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
  • 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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