Franklin Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Franklin Name Meaning: Derives from the English/Norman word 'franc', meaning 'free'.

A term given to a particular social class/status in Medieval England. Taken from the English/Norman word 'franc' which referred to someone 'free' often a name given to someone who owned a large amount of land and who was of high status.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Franklin Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Franklin family

Profession Census Frequency
Scholar 1,063
Agricultural Labourer 358
Labourer 88
House Servant 73
Dress Maker 57
Laundress 53
Lace Maker 41
Servant 40
House Keeper 35
Carpenter 34
Carter 32
General Servant 31
Tailor 28
Gardener 24
Shoe Maker 23
House Maid 23
Nurse 23
Cook 22
Blacksmith 22
Farm Labourer 22
Domestic Servant 20
Straw Plaiter 18
Wife 18
Farmer 17
Plaiter 16

Franklin Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Franklin 100% 72,866
2 Franklyn 88% 1,492
3 Franklen 88% 489
4 Frankline 89% 297
5 Francklin 89% 238

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The surname Franklin is the most popular version of all its varients

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