Franz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Franz family

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.

Important Dates for the Franz family

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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.

Early Notables of the Franz family (pre 1700)

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Franz migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Hans Georg Franz, who landed in America in 1750 [1]
  • Conrad Franz, who landed in America in 1764 [1]
  • George Franz, who landed in America in 1783 [1]
  • Joh Ernst Franz, who arrived in America in 1783 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • J Franz, who landed in North America in 1832 [1]
  • Henry Franz, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Carl Franz, who arrived in Texas in 1845 [1]
  • Heinrich Franz, who landed in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Franz migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Franz Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Johann Ernst Franz, who settled in Canada with the United Empire Loyalists in 1783
Franz Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Bertha Franz, aged 2, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Emil Franz, aged 3, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Friedrich Franz, aged 28, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Olga Franz, aged 4, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Paulina Franz, aged 28, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

Franz migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Franz Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Caroline Franz, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [2]

Franz migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Franz Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Franz, (b. 1848), aged 26, German millwright from Germany travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [3]
  • Mrs. Ellen Franz, (b. 1846), aged 28, German settler from Germany travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [3]

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)
  • Robert Franz Schmidt (1932-2017), German physiologist and professor emeritus
  • Eduard Franz Sekler (1920-2017), Austrian architectural historian and Osgood Hooker Professor of Visual Art Emeritus
  • Rudolf Franz Lehnert (1878-1948), Bohemian photographer
  • Ignaz Franz Castelli (1780-1862), Austrian dramatist

Historic Events for the Franz family

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 [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847HermanVonBeckerath.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ Hindenburg Disaster Passenger List | Airships.net. (Retrieved 2014, April 11) . Retrieved from http://www.airships.net/hindenburg/disaster/hindenburg-passenger-list/
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