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Frank Family History

Frank Name Meaning
German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Slovenian, Czech, Hungarian, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): ethnic or regional name for someone from Franconia (German Franken), a region of southwestern Germany so called from its early settlement by the Franks, a Germanic people who inhabited the lands around the river Rhine in Roman times. In the 6th–9th centuries, under leaders such as Clovis I (c. 466–511) and Charlemagne (742–814), the Franks established a substantial empire in western Europe, from which the country of France takes its name. The term Frank in eastern Mediterranean countries was used, in various vernacular forms, to denote the Crusaders and their descendants, and the American surname may also be an Americanized form of such a form.English, Dutch, German, etc.: from the personal name Frank, in origin an ethnic name for a Frank. This also came be used as an adjective meaning ‘free’, ‘open-hearted’, ‘generous’, deriving from the fact that in Frankish Gaul only people of Frankish race enjoyed the status of fully free men. pwh It was also used as a Jewish personal name.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Frank Families

  • Number of Frank families
     1,349 - 2,695
     450 - 1,348
     1 - 449
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Frank families
     285 - 567
     96 - 284
     1 - 95
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Frank families
     8 - 13
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Frank Family Origin

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Frank Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Frank

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Frank Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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