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The surname Franzen 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. Franzen 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 Franzen.

Franzen Early Origins



The surname Franzen 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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Franzen Spelling Variations


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Franzen Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Franzen include Franz, Frantz, Frants, Frannz, Franntz, Frannts, Frantzen, Fraenzel, Frenzel, Frentz, Frenz and many more.

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Franzen Early History


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Franzen Early History



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

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Franzen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Franzen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Franzen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Franzen were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Franzen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Gerh Franzen, who landed in America in 1834
  • Gerh Heinr Franzen, who landed in America in 1835
  • Heinr Franzen, who arrived in America in 1835
  • Herm Heinr Franzen, who landed in America in 1835
  • Joh Bernh Franzen, who landed in America in 1836
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Franzen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Altje Franzen, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Wiesens, Germany, in 1911
  • Anton Franzen, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Scherze, Germany, in 1913
  • Albert Franzen, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States from Scherze, Germany, in 1913
  • Anna Franzen, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1915
  • Anna Franzen, aged 34, who emigrated to America from Niebuell, Germany, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Franzen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Franzen (post 1700)



  • Ulrich Franzen (b. 1921), American architect with numerous public buildings in his portfolio, the Phillip Morris Operations Center in Virginia. He has won numerous awards for design and construction
  • Jonathan Franzen (b. 1959), American novelist and essayist
  • Frans Michael Franzen (1772-1847), Swedish poet
  • John Erik Franzen (b. 1942), Swedish artist
  • Torkel Franzen (1950-2006), Swedish academic

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    3. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    4. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

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