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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.

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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.

Franklin has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Franklyn, Francklyn, Francklin, Franklin, Franklind and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Franklin research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1234, 1274, 1630, 1684, 1647, 1625, 1640, 1630, 1685, 1661, 1679, 1697 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Franklin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of this surname at this time include Robert Franklin (1630-1684), an English nonconformist divine; Sir John Franklyn (died 1647), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Middlesex in 1625 and 1640; Sir Richard...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Franklin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Franklin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630
  • William Franklin settled in Massachusetts in 1633
  • William Franklin, who landed in New England in 1633
  • Henry Franklin, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • Jonathan Franklin, aged 17, arrived in Barbados in 1635
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Franklin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Cesar Franklin, who arrived in Maryland in 1740

Franklin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Franklin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Joseph Franklin, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812
  • George Franklin, who arrived in Mississippi in 1830
  • Edward Franklin, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • D Franklin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
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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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Joseph Franklin Jr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 son or Joseph Franklin Sr. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Franklin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bildad Franklin, who landed in Canada in 1836

Franklin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Franklin, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Franklin, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Franklin, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Benjamin Franklin, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • George Franklin, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
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Franklin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edmund Franklin, aged 28, a harness maker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Franklin, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Sarah Ann Franklin, aged 17, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Maria Emily Franklin, aged 15, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Robert F. Franklin, aged 28, a baker, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
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  • 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 (19751984)
  • Melissa Jeanette "Missy" Franklin (b. 1995), American four-time gold medalist swimmer
  • Major-General John Merryman Franklin (1895-1975), American Assistant Chief of Transportation (1944-1946)
  • Aretha Louise Franklin (b. 1942), American singer, songwriter, pianist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • 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
  • Stan Franklin (b. 1931), American mathematician, computer scientist and cognitive scientist
  • Kenneth Franklin (1923-2007), American astronomer and chief scientist at the Hayden Planetarium from 1956 to 1984
  • Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American statesman, scientist, philosopher, and publisher, the most well-known Founding Father of the United States
  • Richard Franklin (1630-1698), English nonconformist, founder of Rathmell Academy
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Franklin Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Edward William Franklin (1916-1941), Australian Leading Seaman from Macquarie Fields, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Alan Gordon Cornall Franklin, British Sub Lieutenant, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Henry Stephen Franklin, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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

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
  • 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
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  • 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.
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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.

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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. 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.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Franklin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Franklin 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.

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