The Franchini Surname: Origin And Meaning

In the various online sources that I’ve consulted  (none of which are academic) the Franchini surname is treated as one of a group of names beginning with “Franc” (e.g. Franchetti(o), Franchi, Franchina(o), Francucci and Francuccio). The suffix is hundreds of years old and is believed to mean “of the Franks”. It exists in several forms including the Latin (Francus), the German (Frank) or French (Franco).

The earliest mention of our Franchini surname is in some notarial documents from Avio (Trento) dated 1565. Nowadays, the Franchini surname is particularly concentrated in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy where my husband’s line originated.

Further reading:
FRANCHINI – Mappe dei Cognomi Italiani
L’origine dei cognomi italiani
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2 Responses to The Franchini Surname: Origin And Meaning

  1. Jessica Franchini says:

    Hi, my name is Jessica Franchini and I write from Ferrara, in Emilia ROmagna, Italy. I don’t know if this information could be important for you, but my family line exists in Ferrara since 1500, and it has alwyas lived here. My relatives never left Italy and I remember that one of them had fought in the line of King Charles of Borbones in the XVI century.
    thank you for this web site!

  2. Alessandra Alessandra says:

    Hello. Erminio Franchini left Cremona, Italy when he was 8 years old with his parents in mid 1850s. They arrived in Uruguay from Cremona, Italy. Erminio Franchini is my great grandfather. I have a picture of him when he was an older man. I am looking for relatives from Cremona Italia. If you have information please contact me.

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