Re: Frank de Bohun
- From: royalancestry@xxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 05:27:44 -0700 (PDT)
Dear James ~
Great post. However, regardless of what your source says, the name
Frank was in fact uncommon in England through the medieval period. I
rarely encounter this name in the records.
You mentioned the Latin genitive form Franconis for Frank. Just
yesterday I came across that form used on the seal of Sir Frank de
Hale (died 1376), seigneur of Rochfeort, Seneschal of Aquitaine, who
was an early Knight of the Garter in England.
Here is my source:
Roger H. Ellis, Catalogue of Seals in the Public Record Office, 2
Seal of Frank de Hale, knight, sire de Rochefort.
In a circle with ornamental cusping, the ground diapered, a shield of
arms, couché: a lion rampant, crowned; helm above, full face, with
mantling and crest: a lion's head, full face, between two upright
plumes. Legend: :S' FRANCONIS:DE:MIRABELL...DN...SFOERT.
An interesting biography of Sir Frank de Hale by Beltz may be viewed
at the following weblink:
Beltz quotes several contemporary French records at the end of this
biography, in which this individual is called "Franke de Hale," not
"François de Hale." This, of course, proves that the names Frank and
François were separate names.
As such, I think we can dispense with the idea that the Latin form
Franco [Frank] was a contraction for Franciscus [Francis, François].
The two were separate names.
Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah
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