Franklin

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Franklin mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Franklin

"Franklin" is a name of English origin, and it means "Free Man". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Frank"lin
An English freeholder, or substantial householder.

Etymology: OE. frankelein; cf. LL. franchilanus. See Frank (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A landowner (14th and 15th centuries) who was free but not of noble birth
  2. Printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790)
  3. United States historian noted for studies of Black American history (born in 1915)
Wiktionary

From Middle English frankelein (“freeholder”). The place names are mostly named for Benjamin Franklin.

  1. A surname​.
  2. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American author, scientist, inventor, and diplomat, and one of the Founding Fathers.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname, partly in honor of Benjamin Franklin.
  4. A town in Alabama
  5. A town in Arkansas
  6. A town in Connecticut
  7. A village in Georgia, USA
  8. A city in Idaho
  9. A village in Illinois
  10. A city in Indiana
  11. A city in Iowa
  12. A city in Kentucky
  13. A city in Louisiana
  14. A town in Maine
  15. A rural municipality in Manitoba, Canada
  16. A town in Massachusetts
  17. A village in Michigan
  18. A city in Minnesota
  19. A city in Missouri
  20. A city in Nebraska
  21. A city in New Hampshire
  22. A borough in New Jersey
  23. One of two towns in New York
  24. A town in North Carolina
  25. A city in Ohio
  26. A city in Pennsylvania
  27. A municipality in Quebec
  28. A township and a river in Tasmania
  29. A city in Tennessee
  30. A town in Vermont
  31. A city in Virginia
  32. A town in West Virginia
  33. A city and a few towns in Wisconsin
  34. (US, informal) A one-hundred-dollar bill, which carries the portrait of Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin was also found in the following language(s): Middle English

Notable Persons Named Franklin

Franklin D. Roosevelt was a Member of the New York State Senate, for the 26th District, 32nd President of the United States, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and Member of theNew York State Senate. He holds the title Nothing to Fear, State of the Union, FDR Pearl Harbor speech, and A date which will live in infamy". Franklin was born on January 30th, 1882 in Hyde Park, New York, U.S. He died on April 12th, 1945.

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Franklin Pierce was a 14th President of the United States. His military service ended in 1848. Franklin was born on November 23rd, 1804 in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. He died on October 8th, 1869.

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Frank Welker is an actor, voice actor, and voice acting. He has had major accomplishments since 1967. Frank was given the name Franklin Wendell Welker on March 12th, 1946 in Denver.

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Shea Whigham is an actor. He has been prominent since 1997. Shea was given the name Franklin Shea Whigham, Jr. on January 5th, 1969 in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Franklin Richards is a comics character.

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Frankie Lymon was a rhythm, blues, doo-wop, rock, roll, pop music, and swing music singer/songwriter, singing, and songwriter. He plays Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1954 to 1954. Frankie was given the name Franklin Joseph Lymon on September 30th, 1942 in Harlem. Frankie is also known as Franklin Joseph Lineman. He left this life on February 27th, 1968.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was a 6th President of Pennsylvania, United States Minister to Sweden, United States Minister to France, 1st United States Postmaster General, Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly, United States Ambassador to Sweden, United States Ambassador to France, and . Benjamin was born on January 17th, 1706 in Boston. He died on April 17th, 1790.

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She holds the title Respect". Her most notable accomplishments were from 1956 to present. Aretha was given the name Aretha Louise Franklin by her parents C. L. Franklin and Barbara Siggers Franklin on March 25th, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

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Rosalind Elsie Franklin was a scientist in the fields of physical chemistry and x-ray crystallography. Rosalind was born Rosalind Elsie Franklin on July 25th, 1920 in Notting Hill. She died on April 16th, 1958.

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Missy was born on May 10th, 1995 in Pasadena, California.

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Kirk Franklin is a christian hip hop and urban contemporary gospel musician, songwriter, record producer, choir director, and choir. He was most prominent from 1992 to present. Kirk was given the name Kirk Dewayne Franklin on January 26th, 1970 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

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Lance Franklin is an australian rules football player.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 120 0 120
1881 117 0 117
1882 112 0 112
1883 94 0 94
1884 93 0 93
1885 117 0 117
1886 127 0 127
1887 89 0 89
1888 129 0 129
1889 100 0 100
1890 90 0 90
1891 109 0 109
1892 109 0 109
1893 99 0 99
1894 84 0 84
1895 103 0 103
1896 96 0 96
1897 68 0 68
1898 112 0 112
1899 116 0 116
1900 137 0 137
1901 92 0 92
1902 97 0 97
1903 116 0 116
1904 108 0 108
1905 98 0 98
1906 125 0 125
1907 122 0 122
1908 133 0 133
1909 168 0 168
1910 176 0 176
1911 220 0 220
1912 497 0 497
1913 593 0 593
1914 775 5 770
1915 1,001 0 1,001
1916 1,073 0 1,073
1917 1,201 7 1,194
1918 1,280 5 1,275
1919 1,216 10 1,206
1920 1,458 7 1,451
1921 1,359 9 1,350
1922 1,329 10 1,319
1923 1,267 5 1,262
1924 1,289 5 1,284
1925 1,303 8 1,295
1926 1,208 7 1,201
1927 1,196 13 1,183
1928 1,118 12 1,106
1929 1,069 11 1,058
1930 1,087 9 1,078
1931 1,090 0 1,090
1932 2,763 9 2,754 #66 boy name
1933 5,386 24 5,362 #33 boy name
1934 4,173 17 4,156 #46 boy name
1935 2,626 17 2,609 #71 boy name
1936 2,959 19 2,940 #65 boy name
1937 2,531 17 2,514 #77 boy name
1938 2,035 15 2,020 #100 boy name
1939 1,867 11 1,856
1940 2,402 11 2,391 #87 boy name
1941 2,217 12 2,205 #98 boy name
1942 2,374 10 2,364
1943 1,980 10 1,970
1944 1,822 5 1,817
1945 1,905 11 1,894
1946 1,733 12 1,721
1947 1,781 10 1,771
1948 1,555 5 1,550
1949 1,629 6 1,623
1950 1,633 8 1,625
1951 1,700 7 1,693
1952 1,728 7 1,721
1953 1,767 5 1,762
1954 1,828 8 1,820
1955 1,772 6 1,766
1956 1,798 13 1,785
1957 1,706 13 1,693
1958 1,595 9 1,586
1959 1,562 7 1,555
1960 1,545 11 1,534
1961 1,532 6 1,526
1962 1,535 6 1,529
1963 1,533 12 1,521
1964 1,513 12 1,501
1965 1,381 11 1,370
1966 1,313 11 1,302
1967 1,207 9 1,198
1968 1,196 13 1,183
1969 1,231 7 1,224
1970 1,228 7 1,221
1971 1,126 0 1,126
1972 937 9 928
1973 955 10 945
1974 919 5 914
1975 870 5 865
1976 812 8 804
1977 879 12 867
1978 846 11 835
1979 864 5 859
1980 889 11 878
1981 815 0 815
1982 867 9 858
1983 739 0 739
1984 804 9 795
1985 820 8 812
1986 795 9 786
1987 817 9 808
1988 840 9 831
1989 905 7 898
1990 859 9 850
1991 859 0 859
1992 854 5 849
1993 709 6 703
1994 707 5 702
1995 662 0 662
1996 694 0 694
1997 588 0 588
1998 636 0 636
1999 573 0 573
2000 530 0 530
2001 533 0 533
2002 507 0 507
2003 539 0 539
2004 512 5 507
2005 567 0 567
2006 621 0 621
2007 578 0 578
2008 589 0 589
2009 510 0 510
2010 510 0 510
2011 523 5 518
2012 492 0 492
2013 549 0 549
2014 662 5 657
2015 689 0 689
2016 742 0 742
2017 707 7 700

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Popularity of Franklin as a first name

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Popularity of Franklin as a last name

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Common last names for Franklin

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Anderson
  • Martin
  • Lewis
  • Walker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Franklin U.S.
  White 54.38% 64.26%
  African American 38.76% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.83% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.78% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Franklin

People with the last name Franklin are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Franklin

  • What name lists does Franklin rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Franklin? Franklin is the 520th most popular name of all time. As a last name Franklin was the 251st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Franklin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 136,126 babies born with the first name Franklin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Franklin to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Franklin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 120 new born babies.
  • When was Franklin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Franklin is Sunday, June 24th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Franklin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Franklin was in 1933 with a total of 5,362 babies. That's a lot of babies named Franklin!
  • Random Franklin Factoid: According to the 1925 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Franklin ranks 65th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maryland. Imagine that, 41 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 1925.
  • Weird things about the name Franklin: Your name in reverse order is Nilknarf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Inflrakn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Franklin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 120,621 people with the last name Franklin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Franklin? Franklin was ranked as the 251st most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.