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Frank

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 3,255 13 3,242 #6 boy name
1881 2,843 9 2,834 #6 boy name
1882 3,187 11 3,176 #6 boy name
1883 3,003 17 2,986 #6 boy name
1884 3,239 21 3,218 #6 boy name
1885 3,085 18 3,067 #6 boy name
1886 3,149 22 3,127 #6 boy name
1887 2,902 19 2,883 #6 boy name
1888 3,480 21 3,459 #6 boy name
1889 2,992 17 2,975 #6 boy name
1890 3,112 34 3,078 #6 boy name
1891 2,674 22 2,652 #6 boy name
1892 3,175 25 3,150 #6 boy name
1893 2,937 20 2,917 #7 boy name
1894 2,882 19 2,863 #7 boy name
1895 3,039 27 3,012 #6 boy name
1896 2,862 17 2,845 #7 boy name
1897 2,743 17 2,726 #7 boy name
1898 2,944 19 2,925 #8 boy name
1899 2,571 21 2,550 #8 boy name
1900 3,496 19 3,477 #8 boy name
1901 2,423 21 2,402 #8 boy name
1902 2,773 17 2,756 #8 boy name
1903 2,662 18 2,644 #8 boy name
1904 2,821 22 2,799 #8 boy name
1905 2,859 22 2,837 #8 boy name
1906 2,813 15 2,798 #8 boy name
1907 2,963 20 2,943 #8 boy name
1908 3,168 22 3,146 #8 boy name
1909 3,262 18 3,244 #8 boy name
1910 3,789 21 3,768 #8 boy name
1911 4,343 29 4,314 #8 boy name
1912 7,941 29 7,912 #9 boy name
1913 9,273 36 9,237 #9 boy name
1914 12,047 46 12,001 #9 boy name
1915 15,068 62 15,006 #9 boy name
1916 15,376 84 15,292 #9 boy name
1917 15,867 98 15,769 #9 boy name
1918 17,089 71 17,018 #9 boy name
1919 15,786 84 15,702 #9 boy name
1920 16,498 65 16,433 #9 boy name
1921 16,795 89 16,706 #9 boy name
1922 16,091 77 16,014 #10 boy name
1923 15,996 86 15,910 #11 boy name
1924 16,135 94 16,041 #12 boy name
1925 15,431 99 15,332 #12 boy name
1926 14,584 93 14,491 #12 boy name
1927 14,489 109 14,380 #12 boy name
1928 13,675 105 13,570 #12 boy name
1929 13,080 129 12,951 #12 boy name
1930 12,626 90 12,536 #13 boy name
1931 11,551 83 11,468 #16 boy name
1932 11,559 68 11,491 #15 boy name
1933 11,033 73 10,960 #16 boy name
1934 10,689 54 10,635 #16 boy name
1935 10,471 55 10,416 #16 boy name
1936 10,242 51 10,191 #16 boy name
1937 10,176 52 10,124 #18 boy name
1938 10,294 38 10,256 #18 boy name
1939 10,039 54 9,985 #20 boy name
1940 10,632 36 10,596 #20 boy name
1941 10,822 33 10,789 #21 boy name
1942 12,285 43 12,242 #21 boy name
1943 12,294 46 12,248 #21 boy name
1944 11,375 40 11,335 #21 boy name
1945 10,898 30 10,868 #21 boy name
1946 12,719 51 12,668 #22 boy name
1947 14,044 48 13,996 #23 boy name
1948 12,729 31 12,698 #25 boy name
1949 12,000 43 11,957 #27 boy name
1950 11,652 30 11,622 #29 boy name
1951 11,503 43 11,460 #31 boy name
1952 11,307 28 11,279 #32 boy name
1953 11,183 27 11,156 #33 boy name
1954 11,028 37 10,991 #36 boy name
1955 11,125 23 11,102 #34 boy name
1956 11,182 44 11,138 #38 boy name
1957 11,304 42 11,262 #38 boy name
1958 11,368 55 11,313 #38 boy name
1959 10,978 48 10,930 #42 boy name
1960 10,800 36 10,764 #40 boy name
1961 10,457 36 10,421 #41 boy name
1962 9,798 42 9,756 #42 boy name
1963 9,578 44 9,534 #41 boy name
1964 9,371 31 9,340 #41 boy name
1965 8,351 30 8,321 #43 boy name
1966 7,823 29 7,794 #43 boy name
1967 7,472 43 7,429 #45 boy name
1968 6,945 48 6,897 #49 boy name
1969 6,970 45 6,925 #47 boy name
1970 6,852 49 6,803 #48 boy name
1971 6,126 36 6,090 #54 boy name
1972 5,215 43 5,172 #56 boy name
1973 4,833 42 4,791 #61 boy name
1974 4,406 44 4,362 #66 boy name
1975 4,246 36 4,210 #66 boy name
1976 3,927 29 3,898 #68 boy name
1977 3,925 32 3,893 #71 boy name
1978 3,803 30 3,773 #77 boy name
1979 3,962 32 3,930 #78 boy name
1980 3,764 27 3,737 #81 boy name
1981 3,664 29 3,635 #82 boy name
1982 3,633 29 3,604 #81 boy name
1983 3,385 26 3,359 #86 boy name
1984 3,357 28 3,329 #86 boy name
1985 3,325 28 3,297 #90 boy name
1986 3,206 32 3,174 #91 boy name
1987 3,153 28 3,125 #97 boy name
1988 3,285 17 3,268 #99 boy name
1989 3,071 23 3,048
1990 3,199 13 3,186
1991 2,887 12 2,875
1992 2,762 7 2,755
1993 2,521 18 2,503
1994 2,490 12 2,478
1995 2,263 17 2,246
1996 2,155 9 2,146
1997 2,031 9 2,022
1998 1,884 0 1,884
1999 1,854 0 1,854
2000 1,708 0 1,708
2001 1,634 0 1,634
2002 1,588 0 1,588
2003 1,499 0 1,499
2004 1,464 0 1,464
2005 1,479 0 1,479
2006 1,400 0 1,400
2007 1,332 5 1,327
2008 1,227 0 1,227
2009 1,136 0 1,136
2010 1,072 0 1,072
2011 1,044 0 1,044
2012 985 0 985
2013 1,005 0 1,005
2014 988 0 988
2015 937 0 937

Fun Facts about the name Frank

  • How many people with the first name Frank have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 913,022 babies born with the first name Frank in the United States. That's more than enough people named Frank to occupy the country of Fiji with an estimated population of 876,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Frank? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 3,255 new born babies.
  • When was Frank first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Frank is Tuesday, December 25th, 1804.
  • What year had the most people named Frank born? The highest recorded use of the first name Frank was in 1918 with a total of 17,018 babies. That's a lot of babies named Frank!
  • Random Frank Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Frank ranks 20th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 43 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Frank: Your name in reverse order is Knarf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rafkn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Frank? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 67,304 people with the last name Frank.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Frank? Frank was ranked as the 499th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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Common last names for Frank

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Allen
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Frank U.S.
  White 84.54% 64.26%
  African American 7.96% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.99% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.23% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.60% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.68% 16.26%

Of Last Name Frank

People with the last name Frank are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Frank" mean? The list below shows the origins of Frank as well as things modernly associated with the name Frank such as celebrities named Frank.

English

Origin and Meaning of Frank

The name "Frank" is of English origin, and it means "Free or Truthful". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Frank
A pigsty.

Etymology: OF. franc

verb Frank
To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten.
noun Frank
The common heron; -- so called from its note.
adjective frank
Senses
  1. Unbounded by restrictions, limitations, etc.; free.(R)"It is of frankgift." [Spenser.]
  2. Free in uttering one's real sentiments; not reserved; using no disguise; candid; ingenuous; as, a frank nature, conversation, manner, etc.
  3. Liberal; generous; profuse.(Obs)" Frank of civilities that cost them nothing." [L'Estrange.]
  4. Unrestrained; loose; licentious; -- used in a bad sense.
    synonyms: Ingenuous; candid; artless; plain; open; unreserved; undisguised; sincere. See Candid Ingenuous.

Etymology: F. franc free, frank, L. Francus a Frank, fr. OHG. Franko the name of a Germanic people on the Rhine, who afterward founded the French monarchy; cf. AS. franca javelin, Icel. frakka. Cf. Franc French (a.) Franchise (n.)

verb frank
Senses
  1. To send by public conveyance free of expense.
  2. To extempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc.
noun Frank
The privilege of sending letters or other mail matter, free of postage, or without charge; also, the sign, mark, or signature denoting that a letter or other mail matter is to go free of postage. Called also the franking privilege .

Etymology: See Frank (a.)

noun Frank
Senses
  1. [Ethnol] A member of one of the German tribes that in the fifth century overran and conquered Gaul, and established the kingdom of France.
  2. A native or inhabitant of Western Europe; a European; -- a term used in the Levant.
  3. A French coin. See Franc.

Etymology: Cf. F. franc. See Frank (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll
  2. A member of the ancient Germanic peoples who spread from the Rhine into the Roman Empire in the 4th century
  3. Exempt by means of an official pass or letter, as from customs or other checks
  4. Stamp with a postmark to indicate date and time of mailing
  5. Characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion ("tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank")
  6. Clearly manifest; evident ("frank enjoyment")

From Middle English Frank, partially from Old English Franca (“a Frank”); and partially from Old French Franc, and/or Latin Francus (“A Frank”), from Frankish *Franko (“a Frank”); both from Proto-Germanic *frankô (“javelin”). Cognate with Old High German Franko (“a Frank”), Old English franca (“spear, javelin”). Compare Saxon, ultimately a derivative of Proto-Germanic *sahsą (“knife, dagger”).

  1. One of the Franks, a Germanic federation that inhabited parts of what are now France, the Low Countries and Germany.

The surname derives from the medieval tribal name. The given name is also a form of Francis, with formal given name status since the 19th century.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A diminutive of the male given name Francis
  3. A surname​.

    Frank was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Faroese, French, German, Icelandic, Manx, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Swedish

    Notable Persons With the Name Frank

    Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra was a noteworthy somebody. His career lasted from 1935 to 1994. Frank was given the name Francis Albert Sinatra by his parents Anthony Martin Sinatra and Dolly Sinatra on December 12th, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S. He breathed his last breath on May 14th, 1998.

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    Frank Ocean

    Frank Ocean is a contemporary r&b musician. He holds the title Voodoo". He has been prominent since 2007. Frank was given the name Christopher Edwin Breaux on October 28th, 1987 in Long Beach, California, United States. Frank is also known as Ocean, Christopher Francis (birth name); Breaux, Christopher; Breaux, and Lonny.

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    Frank Zappa

    Frank Zappa was a musician, songwriter, composer, conductor, record producer, activist, filmmaker, actor, and author. He holds the title Peaches En Regalia, Waka/Jawaka, The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1, Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More, and Naval Aviation in Art?. He has had major accomplishments since 1955. Frank was given the name Frank Vincent Zappa on December 21st, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. He passed away on December 4th, 1993.

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    Frank Abagnale

    Frank Abagnale is a ceo of abagnale & associates, chief executive officer, and ceoof abagnale & associates (security consultants). Frank was given the name Frank William Abagnale, Jr. on April 27th, 1948 in Bronxville, New York, U.S.

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    Frank Lloyd Wright

    Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect. Frank was born on June 8th, 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, U.S. He breathed his last breath on April 9th, 1959.

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    Frank Grillo

    Frank Grillo is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Frank was given the name Frank Anthony Grillo on June 8th, 1965 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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    • Frank Lampard
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    • Gary Cooper
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    • Frank de Boer
      (soccer player)
    • Frank Lucas
      (noteworthy person)
    • Frank Gehry
      (architect)
    • Nikki Sixx
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    • Frank Langella
      (actor)
    • Frank Miller
      (comics creator)
    • Frank Oz
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    • Ted Levine
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    • Frank Darabont
      (screenwriter)
    • Frank Capra
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    • Shepard Fairey
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    • Frank Rijkaard
      (soccer player)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Frank

    Anne Frank

    Anne Frank is a writer. Anne was given the name Annelies or Anneliese Marie Frank on June 12th, 1929 in Frankfurt.

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    Jason David Frank

    Jason David Frank is a martial artist. Jason was born on September 4th, 1973 in Covina, California.

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    Barney Frank

    Barney Frank is a Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Ranking Member of theHouse Financial Services Committee, and Chair of theHouse Financial Services Committee. Barney was born on March 31st, 1940 in Bayonne, New Jersey.

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    Otto Frank

    Otto Frank was a banker and spice merchant. Otto was given the name Otto Heinrich Frank on May 12th, 1889 in Frankfurt. He breathed his last breath on August 19th, 1980.

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    Hans Frank

    Hans Frank was a chancellor. He has had major accomplishments since 1939. Hans was born on May 23rd, 1900 in Karlsruhe. He breathed his last breath on October 16th, 1946.

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    Leo Frank

    Leo Frank was a noteworthy somebody. Leo was given the name Leo Max Frank on April 17th, 1884 in Cuero, Texas. He breathed his last breath on August 17th, 1915.

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    What does the name Frank mean?

    Fis for fair, always honest and true.

    Ris for rational, the way you think.

    Ais for admirers, and all that you have!

    Nis for narrator, tell many stories

    Kis for keen, your sense of honesty.

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