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The surname Frans is a ancient German name that originated in the Rhineland. While the Germans at first used only one name, population increases created confusion among people of the same name, forcing them to adopt hereditary surnames. Two common types of German names are patronymic names, taken from the given name of the father, and metronymic names, taken from the name of the mother. Frans was derived from the baptismal name for the son of Franciscus. In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, theChristian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. This was the case with the surname Frans.

Frans Early Origins



The surname Frans was first found in the Rhineland, where the family emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

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Frans Spelling Variations


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Frans Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Frans include Franz, Frantz, Frants, Frannz, Franntz, Frannts, Frantzen, Fraenzel, Frenzel, Frentz, Frenz and many more.

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Frans Early History


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Frans Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frans research. Another 276 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1713, 1780, 1815, 1827, and 1892 are included under the topic Early Frans History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Frans Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Frans Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frans Notables 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



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Frans, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Frans Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Frans, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Frans Nasser Frans, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Peter Frans, who arrived in America in 1731
  • Jacob Frans, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • John Christ Frans, aged 26, landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Frans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Frans, who landed in Maryland in 1840
  • Y P Frans, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1852
  • Jacque Frans, aged 40, landed in New York, NY in 1876
  • Marie Frans, aged 17, arrived in New York, NY in 1876
  • Mane Frans, aged 18, landed in New York, NY in 1876

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    2. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    6. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    11. ...

    The Frans Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frans 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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