My dad’s name is Frank. I wonder from whom/where his name came? One such theory comes from the Merovingian dynasty where “Frankish” kings ruled a frequently fluctuating area in parts of present-day France and Germany from the 5th to the 8th century AD. They were sometimes called the “long-haired kings” by contemporaries, for their leaders’ symbolically did not cut their hair.
A “Frank” was a member of a Germanic-speaking people who invaded the western Roman Empire in the 5th century. Dominating present-day northern France, Belgium, and western Germany, the Franks established the most powerful Christian kingdom of early medieval western Europe. The name France (Francia) also is derived from their name.
The dynasty owes its name to Merovech (sometimes Latinized as Meroveus or Merovius), leader of the Salian Franks from about 447 to 457, and emerges into wider history with the victories of Childeric I (reigned about 457 – 481) against the Visigoths, Saxons, and Alamanni. Childeric’s son Clovis I went on to unite most of Gaul north of the Loire around 486.
He won the Battle of Tolbiac against the Alamanni in 496, on which occasion he adopted his wife’s Catholic faith, and decisively defeated the Visigothic kingdom of Toulouse in the Battle of VouillŽ in 507. On his death, Clovis partitioned his kingdom among his four sons, according to Frankish custom.
Over the next two centuries, multiple Merovingian kings ruled the kingdom – not unlike the late Roman Empire – which was conceived of as a single realm ruled collectively by several kings and could have resulted in the reunification of the whole realm under a single king.
The Sicambri, also known as the Sugambri or Sicambrians, were a Germanic people who during Roman times lived on the right bank of the Rhine river, in what is now Germany, near the border with the Netherlands. They were first reported by Julius Caesar. Whether or not the Sicambri spoke a Germanic or Celtic language, or something else, is not certain, because they lived in the so-called Nordwestblock zone where these two language families came into contact and were both influential.
By the 3rd century, that region became part of the territory of the Franks, which was a new name that possibly represented a new alliance of older tribes, possibly including the Sicambri. This area became known as Gaul and is today France and lower Germany from farther east.
Members of the Merovingian Dynasty
If we were to believe the writings about the Merovingian Dynasty by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln in their controversial and international bestseller, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail first publishing in 1982, (which became the basis for Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code) ipso facto we would also believe that the Sicambrians are a remnant of the Benjamites, the Tribe of Benjamin, one of the lost tribes of Israel.
Below is the believed descent of the Sicambrian-Franks from Abraham to King Clovis I. And, highlighted in red you will find some of my paternal great-grandfathers that date back into the first century. For example, Clodius III is my 61st paternal great-grandfather in my family tree. This is not to say, however, that I have to buy into the Merovingian mythology.
Sicambrian-Franks Descent from Abraham to Clovis I
Abraham (Abram/(Ibrahim) = Sarah/Sarai daughter of Haran, Princess
Isaac son of Abraham = Rebekah daughter of Bethuel
Jacob (Israel) son of isaac, King of Goshen = Leah daughter of Laban
Juda (Judas) son of Jacob = Tamur
Zarah (Zehrah, Zarah) ben Judah = Electra
Dara/Dardanus, King of Arcadia = Batea “Basia Asia” of Teucri
Erichthonius, King of Arcadia = Astyoche of Arcadia
Tros (Trois) of Arcadia, King of Troy = Callirhoe
Illus (Illyus), King of Troy = Eurydice (Eruidike) of Troy
Laomedan, King of Troy = Placia of Troy
Priam Podarces, High King of Troy = Hecuba (Hecabe) of Phrygia
Helenus of Troy, King of the Scythians
Genger of the Scythians
Franco of the Scythians
Gelio (Gelso Zelis), Trojan
Bosabiliano, Basebelian I, Trojan
Plaserio, Plaserius I, Trojan
Eliacor, the Trojan
Gaberiano (Zaberian) the Trojan
Plaserius II, the Trojan
Antenor I, the Trojan
Priam II Trianus, the Trojan
Helenus II Trojan, King of Troy
Plesron II Trojan, King of Troy
Basebelian II Trojan, King of Troy
Alexandre Trojan, King of Troy
Priam III, King of the Cimmerians
Gentilanor of the Cimmerians
Almadius, King of the Cimmerians
Dilulius I, King of the Cimmerians
Helenus III, King of the Cimmerians
Plaserius III, King of the Cimmerians
Dilulius II (Dilugio), King of the Cimmerians
Marcomir, King of the Cimmerians
Priam IV, King of the Cimmerians
Helenus IV (V), King of the Cimmerians
Antenor I, Prince of the Cimmerians
Marcomir I, King of the Sicambri
Antenor II of the Sicambri, King of the Cimmerians = Cambra
Priamus, King of the Sicambri
Helenus V, King of the Sicambri
Diocles of the Sicambri
Bassanus Magnus, King of the Sicambri
Clodomir I, King of the Sicambri
Nicanor I, King of the Sicambri
Marcomir II, King of the Sicambri
Clodius I, King of the Sicambri
Antenor III, King of the Sicambri
Clodomir II, King of the Sicambri
Merodochus, King of the Sicambri
Cassander of the Sicambri
Anthanius, King of the Sicambri
Francus/Francios, King of the West Franks
Clodius II, King of the Franks
Marcomir III, King of the Franks
Clodomir III, King of the Franks
Antenor IV, King of the Franks
Ratherius, King of the Franks = Grotte, Queen of the Franks
Richemir I, King of the Franks = Ascyla of the Franks
Odomir, King of the Franks
Marcomir of Franks
Clodomir IV, King of the Franks = Athildis, Princess of the Camulod/Britains, daughter
of Coel I of Camulod (Colchester), Prince of Siluria, whose connection to Abraham is shown elsewhere in this Weblet.
Farabert/Pharibert/Faribert of the Franks
Sunno (Huano, Hunno), King of the Franks
Childeric (Hilderic), King of the Franks
Bartherus, King of the Franks
Clodius III, King of the East Franks
Walter/Gautier, King of the Franks
Dagobert I, King of the East Franks
Clodomir IV of the Franks
Richemir, King of the Franks = Bastila/Hestia
Theodomir, King of the Franks
Clodius V of the Franks
Dagobert of the Salic Franks
Genebald/Genobaud of the Salic Franks
Argotta of the Sicambri, Princess of the East = Pharamond, 1st King of all the Franks
Clodion “the Long-haired” of Tournai, King of the Salic Franks = Basina I of Thuringia
Merovee = Siegse
Merovee/Meroveus “The Young,” (436 CE – 481 CE), King of the Salian Franks = Meira?Childeric I, King of the Salian Franks = Basina II Andovera, Queen of Thuringia
Clovis I “the Great,” King of the Franks (abt 467 CE – 511 CE) = Clotilde, daughter of Chilperic II, King of Burgundy
Well, you determine the outcome for yourself. Could my dad’s name, “Frank,” have originated from some of our earliest ancestors who just happened to be a bunch of King and Queens who ruled “the territory of the Franks?” I can tell you this, Frank, my dad, did, in fact, rule over his house. And, only Frank’s way was the right way, as all our family learned growing up. And, I think, too, that my “frankness,” definitely came from my dad!
I leave you with just a few bytes about King Clovis I.