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The surname Franz 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. Franz 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 Franz.

Franz Early Origins



The surname Franz 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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Franz Spelling Variations


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Franz 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 Franz include Franz, Frantz, Frants, Frannz, Franntz, Frannts, Frantzen, Fraenzel, Frenzel, Frentz, Frenz and many more.

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Franz Early History


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Franz Early History



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

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Franz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Franz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Franz 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 Franz, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Franz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Geo Franz, who arrived in South Carolina in 1749
  • Hans Georg Franz, who landed in America in 1750
  • Conrad Franz, who landed in America in 1764
  • George Franz, who landed in America in 1783
  • Joh Ernst Franz, who arrived in America in 1783
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Franz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Georg Henr Franz, who arrived in America in 1811
  • J Franz, who landed in North America in 1832
  • Henry Franz, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Carl Franz, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Heinrich Franz, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Franz Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Johann Ernst Franz came to Canada with the United Empire Loyalists in 1783

Franz Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Bertha Franz, aged 2, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Emil Franz, aged 3, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Friedrich Franz, aged 28, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Olga Franz, aged 4, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Paulina Franz, aged 28, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

Franz Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Franz, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Franz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Franz (post 1700)



  • Dennis Franz (b. 1944), Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor
  • Elizabeth Franz (b. 1941), American actress of stage and television
  • Arthur Franz (1920-2006), American actor
  • Robert Franz (1815-1892), German composer of about 350 lieder, intimate songs, usually in strophic form
  • Maik Franz (b. 1981), German football defender
  • Raymond Franz (b. 1922), member of the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses (1971-1980)

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Franz Historic Events


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Franz Historic Events




Hindenburg LZ-129

  • Mr. Werner Franz (1922-1937), German Cabin Boy from Frankfurt, Germany, who worked on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire on May 6, 1937

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    5. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    11. ...

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