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Gender: M Meaning of Franklin: "free landholder" Origin of Franklin: English Franklin's Popularity in 2013: #495

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A doubly Presidential name, via Pierce and Roosevelt, Franklin was given an initial boost via the fame of Benjamin Franklin. It also has a literary tie to the main character of the Wilkie Collins classic The Moonstone.

Franklin was a Top 100 name at the peak of the FDR period; it now ranks at Number 495. But will Franklin get a boost from the pro-Fran-name feeling evidenced since the ascension of Pope Francis? It was up slightly last year, so time will tell.

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Famous People Named Franklin

Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 31st President of the United States
Franklin 'Frankie' Jonas, American actor and singer
Franklin Graham, American evangelist and missionary
Benjamin Franklin, a founding father of the United States
Aretha Franklin, musician
Franklin J. Shaffner, movie director
Franklin Pangborn, comedic actor
Franklin Wayne Sinatra, son of Frank Sinatra

Pop Culture References for the Name Franklin

Franklin, character in the Peanuts series by Charles Schultz
Franklin, title turtle of popular children's series (books, TV, movies)
Franklin Aloysius Mumford, character from My Wife and Kids
Franklin, Tennessee
Franklin Blake, character in The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Franklin Clinton, character in Grand Theft Auto 5
Franklin Plaskett, character in "We Need To Talk About Kevin"
Franklyn Froideveaux, character on the show 'Hannibal'
Roosevelt Franklin, former "Sesame Street" Muppet

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