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Frankel Genealogy and Frankel Family History Information

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  • Prof. Abraham Adolf Halevi Fraenkel (1891 - 1965)
    Abraham Halevi (Adolf) Fraenkel אברהם הלוי (אדולף) פרנקל ‎ (F...
  • Abram Frankel (c.1817 - d.)
    Y-DNA is G2a3b1a1b1a (his 3rd great grandson and a related branch of Frankel family from Ratynicia were tested). Born c. 1817. Married (1) Leah (probably Rosinsky) who was born circa 1818 and died in...
  • Bea Arthur (1922 - 2009)
    Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009) was an American actress, comedian, and singer whose career spanned seven decades. Arthur achieved fame as the character Maude Findlay on...
  • Beile Frankel-Teomim (Wahl) (1600 - c.1669)
    fille de Rav Meir Wahl Katzenellenbogen 1565-1630 et de Hinda Hindel Katzenellenbogen (Horowitz) née en 1608 pour Ofir Friedman? vers 1592 pour Vera Susan Meran?

About the Frankel surname

  • This interesting surname is of German and Ashkenazic origins, used as an ethnic or regional name for someone from Franconia ("Franken" in Germany), which is a region of south-west Germany, so called because it formed an early Frankish settlement. Thus Frankel is a German and Ashkenazic diminutive of this placename. It may also be a form of "Frank", from the Norman given name "Franc", an ethnic name for a Frank (Germanic people who inhabited the Rhine region), plus the diminutive suffix "el", little. Frank also comes from a medieval English and old French word "franc", meaning liberal, generous (it meant free in earlier times, because only those of Frenkish race were free). German variant spellings include "Frankl, Frenkel, Frankel and Frankle", while Ashkenazic variants are "Frank(e)l" and "Frenk(i)el". Elias Benjamin Frankel married Elizabeth Myers at Christchurch, Southwark, London on April 25th 1850. One Marcus Frankel married Deliza Jones at St. John the Baptist, Shoreditch, London on December 4th 1871. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Francois Franchel, (marriage to Anne Scott in London), which was dated December 4th 1799, London Church Registers, during the reign of King George 111, "Farmer George", 1760 - 1820. 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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