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The surname Fransen 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. Fransen 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 Fransen.

Early Origins of the Fransen family

The surname Fransen 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.

Early History of the Fransen family

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Fransen Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Fransen include Franz, Frantz, Frants, Frannz, Franntz, Frannts, Frantzen, Fraenzel, Frenzel, Frentz, Frenz and many more.

Early Notables of the Fransen family

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Fransen Ranking

In the United States, the name Fransen is the 18,707th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1 However, in Netherlands, the name Fransen is ranked the 257th most popular surname with an estimated 5,377 people with that name. 2

United States Fransen migration to the United States +

The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Fransen, or one of its variants above:

Fransen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hans Fransen, who landed in America in 1645 3
  • Jacomyntje Fransen, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1651 3
  • Class Fransen, aged 16, who arrived in New York in 1659 3
  • Jurriaen Fransen, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1660 3
Fransen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Marga D Fransen, aged 32, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1787 3
Fransen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charlie Fransen, who arrived in Colorado in 1890 3
  • Christian Fransen, who landed in Mississippi in 1893 3
  • Hans P Fransen, who arrived in Mississippi in 1894 3
Fransen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John A Fransen, who landed in Colorado in 1906 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Fransen (post 1700) +

  • Piet Fransen (1936-2015), Dutch footballer

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Oscar Fransen (d. 1914), Swedish Third Class Passenger from Gothenburg, Sweden who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking 4

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  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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