Frank

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Frank

"Frank" is a name 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")
Wiktionary

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 Named Frank

    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 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 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 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 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 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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    Notable Persons With the Last Name 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 is a martial artist. Jason was born on September 4th, 1973 in Covina, California.

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    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 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 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 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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    How popular is the baby name Frank in the U.S.?

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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 12,048 46 12,002 #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 17,088 71 17,017 #9 boy name
    1919 15,786 84 15,702 #9 boy name
    1920 16,497 65 16,432 #9 boy name
    1921 16,796 89 16,707 #9 boy name
    1922 16,090 77 16,013 #10 boy name
    1923 15,993 86 15,907 #11 boy name
    1924 16,136 94 16,042 #12 boy name
    1925 15,430 99 15,331 #12 boy name
    1926 14,585 93 14,492 #12 boy name
    1927 14,486 108 14,378 #12 boy name
    1928 13,674 106 13,568 #12 boy name
    1929 13,089 130 12,959 #12 boy name
    1930 12,627 88 12,539 #13 boy name
    1931 11,553 84 11,469 #16 boy name
    1932 11,563 68 11,495 #15 boy name
    1933 11,033 73 10,960 #16 boy name
    1934 10,689 54 10,635 #16 boy name
    1935 10,474 55 10,419 #16 boy name
    1936 10,238 51 10,187 #16 boy name
    1937 10,179 52 10,127 #18 boy name
    1938 10,294 38 10,256 #18 boy name
    1939 10,041 54 9,987 #20 boy name
    1940 10,631 36 10,595 #20 boy name
    1941 10,826 33 10,793 #21 boy name
    1942 12,288 43 12,245 #21 boy name
    1943 12,292 46 12,246 #21 boy name
    1944 11,380 40 11,340 #21 boy name
    1945 10,899 30 10,869 #21 boy name
    1946 12,714 51 12,663 #22 boy name
    1947 14,045 48 13,997 #23 boy name
    1948 12,726 31 12,695 #25 boy name
    1949 12,001 43 11,958 #27 boy name
    1950 11,643 30 11,613 #29 boy name
    1951 11,512 43 11,469 #31 boy name
    1952 11,318 27 11,291 #32 boy name
    1953 11,187 27 11,160 #33 boy name
    1954 11,035 38 10,997 #36 boy name
    1955 11,127 23 11,104 #34 boy name
    1956 11,188 44 11,144 #38 boy name
    1957 11,308 42 11,266 #38 boy name
    1958 11,367 55 11,312 #38 boy name
    1959 10,983 48 10,935 #42 boy name
    1960 10,795 36 10,759 #40 boy name
    1961 10,459 36 10,423 #41 boy name
    1962 9,797 42 9,755 #42 boy name
    1963 9,577 44 9,533 #41 boy name
    1964 9,367 31 9,336 #41 boy name
    1965 8,352 30 8,322 #43 boy name
    1966 7,823 29 7,794 #43 boy name
    1967 7,471 43 7,428 #45 boy name
    1968 6,942 48 6,894 #49 boy name
    1969 6,968 45 6,923 #47 boy name
    1970 6,854 49 6,805 #48 boy name
    1971 6,124 36 6,088 #54 boy name
    1972 5,215 43 5,172 #56 boy name
    1973 4,832 42 4,790 #61 boy name
    1974 4,408 44 4,364 #66 boy name
    1975 4,249 36 4,213 #66 boy name
    1976 3,929 29 3,900 #68 boy name
    1977 3,927 32 3,895 #71 boy name
    1978 3,805 30 3,775 #77 boy name
    1979 3,964 32 3,932 #78 boy name
    1980 3,765 27 3,738 #81 boy name
    1981 3,666 29 3,637 #82 boy name
    1982 3,631 29 3,602 #81 boy name
    1983 3,385 26 3,359 #86 boy name
    1984 3,357 28 3,329 #86 boy name
    1985 3,328 28 3,300 #90 boy name
    1986 3,209 32 3,177 #91 boy name
    1987 3,155 28 3,127 #97 boy name
    1988 3,287 17 3,270 #99 boy name
    1989 3,071 23 3,048
    1990 3,198 13 3,185
    1991 2,890 12 2,878
    1992 2,761 7 2,754
    1993 2,521 18 2,503
    1994 2,490 12 2,478
    1995 2,263 17 2,246
    1996 2,156 9 2,147
    1997 2,032 9 2,023
    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 1,465 0 1,465
    2005 1,480 0 1,480
    2006 1,400 0 1,400
    2007 1,333 5 1,328
    2008 1,227 0 1,227
    2009 1,138 0 1,138
    2010 1,074 0 1,074
    2011 1,047 0 1,047
    2012 985 0 985
    2013 1,006 0 1,006
    2014 989 0 989
    2015 942 0 942
    2016 956 0 956
    2017 881 0 881

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    Popularity of Frank as a first name

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    Popularity of Frank as a last name

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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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    Fun Facts about the name Frank

    • What name lists does Frank rank for?
    • How Popular is the name Frank? Frank is the 48th most popular name of all time. As a last name Frank was the 499th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Frank have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 914,943 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 17,017 babies. That's a lot of babies named Frank!
    • Random Frank Factoid: According to the 1923 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Frank ranks 28th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, 191 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1923.
    • 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 Afnrk. 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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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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