The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name Frenk come from its first bearer, who was a person who was referred to as being free or generous. The surname was originally derived from the Old French franc,
which meant "liberal, generous." In this case, the name would have been initially bestowed as a nickname
either on someone who was generous or in an ironic way on someone who was stingy. The surname also has origins from the Norman official title, the frank
which also means free.
To confuse matters more, the surname could have been derived from the Norman personal name
"Franc," which was originally an ethnic name for one of Frankish race.
Early Origins of the Frenk family
The surname Frenk was first found in the Domesday Book
where bearers of the name Frenk were granted lands in Shropshire
, and Surrey
. The name appears with some frequency in various counties between the 11th and 14th centuries; early bearers of the name include Ricardus filius
Franke, who was living in London in 1188, and Ricardus Franc, who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Essex
Early History of the Frenk family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frenk research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1613, 1664, 1640, 1775, 1624 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Frenk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Frenk Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Frenk has been spelled many different ways, including Frank, Franks, Franke, Frankes, Frenk, Frink and many more.
Early Notables of the Frenk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Frenk family to Ireland
Some of the Frenk family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Frenk family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Frenks to arrive in North America:
Frenk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Theodor Heinr Frenk, aged 30, who landed in America in 1833 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Frenk Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Non nobis nati
Motto Translation: Born not for ourselves