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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Franks. It was given to a person who was referred to as being free or generous. The surname was originally derived from the Old French franc, which meant "liberal, generous." In this case, the name would have been initially bestowed as a nickname either on someone who was generous or in an ironic way on someone who was stingy. The surname also has origins from the Norman official title, the frank which also means free. To confuse matters more, the surname could have been derived from the Norman personal name "Franc," which was originally an ethnic name for one of Frankish race.

Franks Early Origins



The surname Franks was first found in the Domesday Book where bearers of the name Franks were granted lands in Shropshire, Yorkshire, Norfolk, and Surrey. The name appears with some frequency in various counties between the 11th and 14th centuries; early bearers of the name include Ricardus filius Franke, who was living in London in 1188, and Ricardus Franc, who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Essex in 1201.

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Franks Spelling Variations


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Franks 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 Franks has appeared include Frank, Franks, Franke, Frankes, Frenk, Frink and many more.

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Franks Early History


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Franks Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Franks research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1613, 1664, 1640, 1775, 1624 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Franks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Franks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Franks Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Franks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Franks In Ireland


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Franks In Ireland



Some of the Franks 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Franks arrived in North America very early:

Franks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Pr, Franks Sr., who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Ann Franks, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • Pr Franks Sr., who arrived in Maryland in 1668

Franks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Franks, who came to Georgia in 1735
  • Moses Benjamin Franks, who arrived in New York in 1748
  • Moses Benjamin Franks, who arrived in New York, NY in 1748
  • H B Franks, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1755
  • David Franks, who arrived in New York in 1798

Franks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Franks, who arrived in New York in 1838
  • Hamer Franks, aged 30, landed in Missouri in 1848
  • W H Hackman Franks, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Samuel Franks, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Henry Franks, aged 19, arrived in New York, NY in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Franks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Franks, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Betty Franks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Catha Franks, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Charles Franks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Eliz Franks, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Franks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Franks, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander"
  • Henry Franks, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • George Franks, aged 36, a herdsman, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"

Franks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Franks, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • Thomas Franks, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • William Franks, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Eleanor J. Franks, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • James Franks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Franks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Franks (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General John Brandon Franks (1890-1946), American Acting Director of International Division, Army Service Forces (1942-1943)
  • General Tommy Ray Franks (b. 1945), Retired United States General and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Tillman B. Franks (1920-2006), American bassist, and songwriter
  • Frederick Melvin Franks Jr., retired General of the United States Army
  • Daniel Lamont "Bubba" Franks (b. 1978), American NFL football tight end
  • Robert Douglas Franks (b. 1951), former U.S. Representative from New Jersey
  • William Joseph Franks (b. 1830), United States Navy sailor, recipient of the Medal of Honor, eponym of the USS Franks (DD-554)
  • Sir Arthur Temple "Dick" Franks (1920-2008), Head of the Secret Intelligence Service from 1979 to 1982
  • Paul John Franks (b. 1979), English cricketer
  • Oliver Shewell Franks (1905-1992), Baron Franks, an English public servant and philosopher
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Franks


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Suggested Readings for the name Franks



  • The Lee Max Friedman Collection of American Jewish Colonial Correspondence: Letters of the Franks Family, 1733-1748 by Abigail Franks.

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Motto


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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: Non nobis nati
Motto Translation: Born not for ourselves


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    The Franks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Franks 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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