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Gender: Male Meaning of Franklin: "free landholder" Origin of Franklin: English Franklin's Popularity in 2017: #440

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 Patriotic Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Drop 2 Add 1 pick a favor that can't be dropped".

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.

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Famous People Named Franklin

Franklin Pierce, 14th U.S. president
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 31st U.S. president
(William) Franklin Graham III, American evangelist; son of preacher William Franklin "Billy" Graham
Franklin Nathaniel "Frankie" Jonas, American actor and singer, younger brother of The Jonas Brothers
Franklin James Shaffner, American film director
Franklin Pangborn, American character actor
Franklin Wayne Sinatra, son of singer Frank Sinatra
John Franklin Enders, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Benjamin Franklin, a founding father of the United States
Aretha Franklin, American R&B singer

Pop Culture References for the name Franklin

Dr. Franklin Storm, character in Marvel Universe
Franklin Benjamin Richards, character in Marvel Universe
Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, character in Marvel Universe
Franklin the Turtle, children's book and TV series
Franklin Armstrong, character in the Peanuts series by Charles Schultz
Franklin Aloysius Mumford, character on TV's "My Wife and Kids"
Franklin Blake, character in "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins
Franklin John "Frank" Rock aka Sgt. Rock, character in DC comics
Franklin Clay, character in DC comics
Franklin Clinton, character in video game "Grand Theft Auto 5"
Franklin Plaskett, character in film "We Need to Talk About Kevin"
Franklin Mott, vampire on TV's "True Blood"
Franklin, character on TV's "Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything"
Franklin Delano Bluth, a puppet on TV's Arrested Development
"Franklin & Bash," TV series featuring lawyer Jared Franklin
Franklin, character in Monica's Gang comics
Roosevelt Franklin, former "Sesame Street" Muppet
"Franklin," song by Paramore
Franklin, Tennessee, USA

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