The name Franklin is a boy's name of English origin meaning "free landholder". Franklin is ranked #440 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Musician Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".
From the experts:
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.