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 "Baby a Day".
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.