The surname Frentz 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. Frentz 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 Frentz.
Early Origins of the Frentz family
The surname Frentz 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.
Early History of the Frentz family
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Frentz 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 Frentz include Franz, Frantz, Frants, Frannz, Franntz, Frannts, Frantzen, Fraenzel, Frenzel, Frentz, Frenz and many more.
Early Notables of the Frentz family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Frentz family to the New World and Oceana
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 Frentz were among of the early German families that came to North America:
Frentz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Jozsef Frentz, aged 41, who arrived in America from Budapest, in 1901
- Auguste Frentz, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1903
- Rudolf Frentz, aged 53, who arrived in America, in 1903
- Jan Peter Frentz, aged 29, who arrived in America from Stadtbredunus, Luxembourg, in 1909
- Luise Frentz, aged 43, who arrived in America from Lubeck, Germany, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Frentz (post 1700)
- Edward Williston Frentz (1863-1943), American archer at the 1904 Summer Olympics
- Walter Frentz (1907-2004), German cameraman, film producer and photographer
- Rudolf Rudolfovich Frentz (1888-1956), Soviet and Russian painter, watercolorist, graphic artist, illustrator, and art teacher