The name Fronk is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone 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 Fronk family
The surname Fronk was first found in the Domesday Book
where bearers of the name Fronk 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 Fronk family
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Fronk Spelling Variations
Fronk has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Fronk have been found, including Frank, Franks, Franke, Frankes, Frenk, Frink and many more.
Early Notables of the Fronk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fronk family to Ireland
Some of the Fronk 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 Fronk family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Fronks to arrive on North American shores:
Fronk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- August Fronk, who landed in Maryland in 1844 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 Fronk 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