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A Mennonite family name in West Prussia, Franz appeared mainly in Frisian congregations. The name was first mentioned in 1578 at Montau and in 1595 at Scharfenberg. The majority, those living in the Vistula Valley and their descendants, adopted the forms Franz and Frantz. Members of the family moved to Poland, Russia (Molotschna), and subsequently to North America. Gysbert Franssen was an elder of the Danzig Flemish congregation 1588-1602. Heinrich Franz was a prominent teacher. In 1954 the name was represented by four Mennonite Brethren ministers in Kansas and five General Conference Mennonite ministers in Alberta, Ontario, Oregon, and Kansas. The Franz Farm Shop on the Bethel College campus was named in honor of Julius Franz. In Civilian Public Service (CPS), those named Franz or Frantz numbered 22. Rufus Franz served as a CPS camp director. L.J. Franz was president of Tabor College.

Author(s) Gustav Reimer
Date Published 1956

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Reimer, Gustav. "Franz (Frantz, Franzen, Fransen, Franssen, Frantzon) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 30 Mar 2017.,_Franzen,_Fransen,_Franssen,_Frantzon)_family&oldid=87552.

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Reimer, Gustav. (1956). Franz (Frantz, Franzen, Fransen, Franssen, Frantzon) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 March 2017, from,_Franzen,_Fransen,_Franssen,_Frantzon)_family&oldid=87552.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 379. All rights reserved.

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