The surname Franquen derived from the given name Francis. Although it began as a name indicating that the bearer was French in nationality, the popularity of the name Francis was greatly encouraged by the fame of St. Francis of Assisi in during the Middle Ages, and the meaning of the name was subsequently altered. This is also a name for a person from Franconia, which is a region of Southwestern Germany
that was named after the Franks, who settled in this region after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Early Origins of the Franquen family
The surname Franquen was first found in Bohemia, where the name Frank became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.
Early History of the Franquen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Franquen research.Another 357 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1679, 1616, 1663, 1499, 1543, 1618, 1677, 1644, 1700, 1663, 1727, 1643 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Franquen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Franquen Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Frank, Franke, Frankk, Frankke, Franck, Francke, Franckk, Franckke, Franken, Frankhen, Franckhen and many more.
Early Notables of the Franquen family (pre 1700)
During this early period, notable bearers of the name Franquen included Sebastian Franck (1499-1543), a freethinker and one of the first German historians; Johann Franck (Frank) (1618-1677), a German lyric poet and hymnist; and... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Franquen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Franquen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Daniell Franck settled in Virginia in 1622; Henry Francks settled in Virginia in 1664; Mable Franch settled in Maryland in 1659; Anna Susanna Franck came to Charles Town in 1732.