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Subject: Original meaning of FRANK
Author: Andy ;—)   (guest, 87.177.79.56)
Date: October 31, 2008 at 4:13:52 AM
This site claims, the Franks "derived their tribal name from the name of a type of spear that they used."

I know, Hanks & Hodges write this in their Oxford Dictionary of First Names, but I can't find anything in any of my German books (Förstemann, Kaufmann, Bach, Seibicke); they all agree on the Germanic word *franka, brave (which later took the meaning "free").

Can anyone back up the spear-theory with anything beyond H&H?

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