Last name: Frank
This interesting surname is of Norman origin, introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066. Recorded in the spellings of Frank and Franks and the unusual West Country dialectals Frunks and Fronks, it is a patronymic of the Norman given name "Franc". In origin this is an ethnic name for a "Frank", a member of the Germanic people who inhabited the lands around the river Rhine in Roman times. In the 6th Century, under their leader Clovis 1, the Franks established a substantial empire in central Europe, hich later formed the basis of the Holy Roman Empire. Their most famous ruler was the Emperor Charlemagne (742 - 814). Their name is of uncertain ultimate etymology; it may be akin to a Germanic word meaning "javelin", of which the Olde English pre 7th Century form is "franca". Franco and Francus (without surname) are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, and the surname is first recorded in the early 13th Century (see below). Walter le Franc is noted in the Curia Regis Rolls of Cumberland (1221). On August 14th 1574, Joane Franks was christened at the Church of Harrow on the Hill, London, and George Franks married Esther Wilson on December 30th 1686 at the Church of St. James', Duke's Place, London. A Coat of Arms granted to the family is a green shield, on a gold saltire a red torteau, the Crest being on the trunk of a tree a hawk proper charged on the breast with a red torteau. The Motto "Sic vos non vobis" translates as "So you not for yourselves". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ricardus Franc, which was dated 1201, in the "Curia Regis Rolls of Essex", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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I always heard we Franks had a very interesting history ... From Halifax , Nova Scotia Canada myself ...
This is very interesting. I love learning about my last name.
It appears very difficult to determine the exactly where our ancestors originated... Almost everything I read regarding our last name, Frank, states "Frank" is most often a shortened version of an original surname of: Frankhauser, Frankel, Franko, Franks, etc., etc... Ugh!
The only facts I know for sure is that my grandfather was Elmer Phillip Frank, & he was born July 4, 1897. He married Henrietta "Ethel" Barsch, & had 9 children whom he raised in West Seneca, N.Y.
My father, David L. Frank (Middle name Lincoln, because he was born on U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12) was born 02-12-35, & passed away 09-20-2001, was an incredibly kind man...
I wish I knew more.
Dis n bietjie ingewikel om uit te vind waar ons Van,vandaan kom want daar is soos baie verduidelikings.-Translate-Its a bit difficult to find out were our surname originated from cause there's so many explanations.
Just was told my family has Dutch-Irish heritage..fascinating!
My family is also from Western New York, and I am one of nine children. We know that our great grandfather G. Johann Frank came from a small town called Stuth in Thuringia, Germany near Erfurt. He had a music store in Buffalo at the turn of the 20th century. He was of Lutheran stock.