The name Franklins comes from one of the family having 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 Franklins family
The surname Franklins 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 Franklins family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Franklins 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 Franklins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Franklins Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Franklins have been found, including: Franklyn, Francklyn, Francklin, Franklin, Franklind and many more.
Early Notables of the Franklins family (pre 1700)
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 Franklins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Franklins family to Ireland
Some of the Franklins 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.
Migration of the Franklins family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Franklins, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Henry Franklin who settled in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Franklin settled in New England
in 1679; Josiah Franklin settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630.
The Franklins 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.