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The surname Fraunces is derived from the popular medieval given name Franciscus. Much of the popularity of this personal name was due to the famous religious figure, St. Francis of Assisi.

Fraunces Early Origins



The surname Fraunces was first found in Oxfordshire, where the earliest record is Hugo Francus, or Franceis in 1135, at Oseney. Other early records of the name include Robert le Franceis in 1169 in the Pipe Rolls of Devon; Roger Franceis in 1177 in the Pipe Rolls of Hampshire; Adam le Francess in 1201 in the Assize Rolls of Somerset; and Robertus filius Franceis, in 1207 in the Curia Regis Rolls of Sussex.

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Fraunces Spelling Variations


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Fraunces Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Francis, Frances, Franceys, Francies, Fraunces, Francys, Francess and many more.

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Fraunces Early History


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Fraunces Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fraunces research. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1189, 1143, 1213, 1296, 1400, 1400, 1519, 1574, 1604, 1658, 1715 and are included under the topic Early Fraunces History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fraunces Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fraunces Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fraunces Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fraunces In Ireland


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Fraunces In Ireland



Some of the Fraunces family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fraunces or a variant listed above: Daniel Francis, who came to Virginia in 1624; John Francis, who settled in Virginia in 1635; James Francis, who came to Virginia in 1639; Alexander Francis, who came to Maryland in 1658.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Fraunces Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fraunces 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.

    This page was last modified on 11 October 2013 at 11:33.

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