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2,405 study surnames with us
and a further 6,120 variant names.

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About the study

This small study was started by Bill Frankum in the 1960s, when there were only two Frankums in the London telephone directories. He found the roots of his family were in Berkshire about 1750. The study now has two main trees in the U.K. both originating in Berkshire in villages West and South West of Reading. Branches in Australia and New Zealand originate in the U.K.

The study is now recording information on Frankums in the U S A and Canada, and trying to create trees to determine their origins.

Variant names


Name origin

The name, in various forms of spelling, appears in the villages of Sulhamstead Abbotts and Ufton Nervet in the first half of the 18th century. It spreads eastwards to Reading, where many Frankums still live.

Historical occurrences of the name


Name frequency

In England & Wales

  • 966 births (1837-2006)
  • 612 marriages (1837- 2005)
  • 482 deaths (1837-2005)
  • 191 individuals in the 1911 census
  • 322 individuals on the 2001 electoral roll

Distribution of the name





The Frankum Y Chromosome DNA study indicates that the reconstructed trees in the U.K. probably arose from a common ancestor before the 17th century.