Johann Balthasar Frank

Male31 May 1791–14 February 1798

Brief Life History of Johann Balthasar

When Johann Balthasar Frank was born on 31 May 1791, in Hesse, Germany, his father, Johann Adam Franck, was 21 and his mother, Maria Catharina Rossmann, was 20. He died on 14 February 1798, in his hometown, at the age of 6.

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Johann Adam Franck
1770–1813
Maria Catharina Rossmann
1770–1806
Johann Balthasar Frank
1791–1798
Johann Peter Frank
1794–1797
Johann Jakob Frank
1797–1797
Johann Adam Frank
1798–1800
Johannes Frank
1801–
Johann Henrich Frank
1804–

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    Name Meaning

    German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Slovenian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): ethnic or habitational name for someone from Franconia (German Franken), a region of southwestern Germany so called from its early settlement by the Franks, an ancient 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.

    English (of Norman origin), Dutch, and German: from the personal name Frank (Norman French Franco, ancient Germanic Franko), in origin an ethnic name for a Frank, or from German Franke ‘Frank(ish), Franconian’ (compare 1 above). This also came to be used as an adjective meaning ‘free, open-hearted, generous’ (Middle English and Old French franc ‘free’, i.e. not a serf or slave), deriving from the fact that in Frankish Gaul only people of Frankish race enjoyed the status of fully free men. As a surname of German origin it is also found (in both possible meanings; see 1 above) in France (Alsace and Lorraine). Compare Franc and Franck .

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