Franklin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Franklin family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a landowner who was not a member of the nobility. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old French word fraunclein, which became frankeleyn in Old English, and denoted rank within the feudal system; a person who owned land but did not have the right to call himself a lord.

Early Origins of the Franklin family

The surname Franklin was first found in Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Franklin family

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Franklin Spelling Variations

Franklin has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Franklin have been found, including Franklyn, Francklyn, Francklin, Franklin, Franklind and many more.

Early Notables of the Franklin family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Franklyn (1480?-1556), Dean of Windsor, born at Bledlow, Buckinghamshire; Robert Franklin (1630-1684), an English nonconformist divine; Sir John Franklyn (died 1647), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Middlesex in...
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Ireland Migration of the Franklin family to Ireland

Some of the Franklin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Franklin migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Franklins to arrive on North American shores:

Franklin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Josiah Franklin, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630
  • William Franklin, who settled in Massachusetts in 1633
  • William Franklin, who landed in New England in 1633 [1]
  • Henry Franklin, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 [1]
  • Jonathan Franklin, aged 17, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]
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Franklin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Cesar Franklin, who arrived in Maryland in 1740 [1]
Franklin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Franklin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • Joseph Franklin, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • George Franklin, who arrived in Mississippi in 1830 [1]
  • Edward Franklin, who arrived in New York in 1832 [1]
  • D Franklin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
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Canada Franklin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Franklin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Franklin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Joseph Franklin Sr., U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1782, then resettled in Kingston, New Brunswick [2]
  • Mr. Jacob Franklin U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 469 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [2]
  • Mr. Joseph Franklin Jr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 son or Joseph Franklin Sr. [2]
Franklin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Bildad Franklin, who landed in Canada in 1836

Australia Franklin migration to Australia +

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

Franklin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Franklin, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Thomas Franklin, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • William Franklin, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. William Spencer Franklin, (b. 1795), aged 23, English convict who was convicted in Worcestershire, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1826 [5]
  • William Franklin, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
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New Zealand Franklin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Franklin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Ann Franklin, aged 17, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Maria Emily Franklin, aged 15, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Robert F. Franklin, aged 28, a baker, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Franklin, aged 19, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Franklin, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
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Contemporary Notables of the name Franklin (post 1700) +

  • John Hope Franklin (1915-2009), American historian of the United States and former president of Phi Beta Kappa, the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Southern Historical Association, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Aretha Louise Franklin (1942-2018), American singer, songwriter, pianist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American statesman, scientist, philosopher, and publisher, the most well-known Founding Father of the United States
  • Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), British Arctic explorer, Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land from 1837 to 1843; he disappeared on his last expedition, attempting to chart and navigate the Northwest Passage [7]
  • Lidija Franklin (1917-2019), American dancer and teacher of Latvian descent
  • Ron Franklin (1959-2018), American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey from Baltimore, Maryland who a the age of 19, rode rode Spectacular Bid to wins at the Kentucky Derby; he had 1,403 career wins
  • Christine Ladd- Franklin (1847-1903), American psychologist, logician, and mathematician, remembered principally for her theory of color vision and famous for her work at John Hopkins, but was not awarded her PhD because she was a woman
  • Kirk Dewayne Franklin (b. 1970), American eight-time Grammy Award winning gospel musician, choir director, and author
  • Frederic "Freddie" Franklin CBE (1914-2013), British-born, American ballet dancer and director
  • Bonnie Gail Franklin (1944-2013), American Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award nominated actress, best known for her leading role in the television series One Day at a Time (1975–1984)
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HMAS Sydney II
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Alan Gordon Cornall Franklin, British Sub Lieutenant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Henry Stephen Franklin, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [10]
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Stacie Denise Franklin (1968-1988), American Flight Attendant from San Diego, California, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [11]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Alan Vincent Franklin (d. 1912), aged 29, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [12]
  • Mr. Thomas Parnham Franklin (d. 1912), aged 37, English First Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [12]


The Franklin 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: Pro rege et patria
Motto Translation: For King and country.


Suggested Readings for the name Franklin +

  • 217 Ancestors and Descendants of My Raymoure, Hubbell, Franklin, Osborne Grandparents: Includes 40+ Connecting Lines by Dorothy Raymoure, Cook's Crier, The Franklin's Fireplace by Betty Harvey Williams.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  8. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  11. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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