Frank Family History

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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. It was also used as a Jewish personal name.

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

Similar surnames: Franko, Franc, Rank, Franco, Raak, Brank, Frano, Fink, Frink, Crank

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Frank Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Frank name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Frank. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Frank Family Origin

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Frank Family Occupations

What did your Frank ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Frank family was Farmer/Machinist. The most common Frank occupation in Canada was Farmer. 37% of Frank's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Frank.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Servant

  • Farmer/Machinist


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Frank ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Frank Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 431,000 census records available for the last name Frank. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Frank census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 103,000 immigration records available for the last name Frank. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 126,000 military records available for the last name Frank. For the veterans among your Frank ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Frank Life Expectancy

What is the average Frank lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Frank life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Frank in 1943 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Frank ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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