"free landholder"

Franklin Origin and Meaning

The name Franklin is a boy's name of English origin meaning "free landholder".

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. But will Franklin get a boost from the pro-Fran-name feeling evidenced since the ascension of Pope Francis? Time will tell.

# 410 in the US

Franklin Rank in US Top 1000

# 554 on Nameberry

Franklin Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Franklin Popularity

Famous People Named Franklin

  • Franklin Pierce14th U.S. president
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt31st U.S. president
  • (William) Franklin Graham IIIAmerican evangelist; son of preacher William Franklin "Billy" Graham
  • Franklin Nathaniel "Frankie" JonasAmerican actor and singer, younger brother of The Jonas Brothers
  • Franklin James ShaffnerAmerican film director
  • Franklin PangbornAmerican character actor
  • Franklin Wayne Sinatrason of singer Frank Sinatra
  • John Franklin Enderswinner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Benjamin Franklina founding father of the United States
  • Aretha FranklinAmerican R&B singer
  • Franklin (b. 2019)son of Kaitlin Doubleday

Franklin in Pop Culture

  • Dr. Franklin Stormcharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Franklin Benjamin Richardscharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Franklin "Foggy" Nelsoncharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Franklin the Turtlechildren's book and TV series
  • Franklin Armstrongcharacter in the Peanuts series by Charles Schultz
  • Franklin Aloysius Mumfordcharacter on TV's "My Wife and Kids"
  • Franklin Blakecharacter in "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins
  • Franklin John "Frank" Rock aka Sgt. Rockcharacter in DC comics
  • Franklin Claycharacter in DC comics
  • Franklin Clintoncharacter in video game "Grand Theft Auto 5"
  • Franklin Plaskettcharacter in film "We Need to Talk About Kevin"
  • Franklin Mottvampire on TV's "True Blood"
  • Franklincharacter on TV's "Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything"
  • Franklin Delano Blutha puppet on TV's Arrested Development
  • "Franklin & Bash" TV series featuring lawyer Jared Franklin
  • Franklincharacter in Monica's Gang comics
  • Roosevelt Franklinformer "Sesame Street" Muppet
  • "Franklin" song by Paramore
  • FranklinTennessee, USA

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