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 1,632
Agricultural Labourer 251
General Labourer 122
Dress Maker 99
Domestic Servant 94
Farm Labourer 84
Living On Own Means 75
Labourer 65
Laundress 55
Farmer 51
General Servant Domestic 49
Carpenter 45
Living On Her Own Means 41
Gardener 39
General Servant 39
Clerk 38
Tailor 37
House Keeper 33
Tailoress 32
Errand Boy 32
Blacksmith 30
General Domestic Servant 30
Coal Miner 30
Baker 29
Farm Servant 27

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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