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Franklin Name Meaning

English: status name from Middle English frankelin ‘franklin’, a technical term of the feudal system, from Anglo-Norman French franc ‘free’ (see Frank 2) + the Germanic suffix -ling. The status of the franklin varied somewhat according to time and place in medieval England; in general, he was a free man and a holder of fairly extensive areas of land, a gentleman ranked above the main body of minor freeholders but below a knight or a member of the nobility. The surname is also borne by Jews, in which case it represents an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames. In modern times, this has been used to Americanize François, the French form of Francis.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Frank, Frankland, Francis, Fralin, Hankin, Franklyn, Frain, Raskin

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Where is the Franklin family from?

You can see how Franklin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Franklin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Franklin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,744 Franklin families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Franklin's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Franklin families in 1891.
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What did your Franklin ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Franklin. 7% of Franklin men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Franklin women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Franklin were Gardener and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Gardener
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    67%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 126,000 military records available for the last name Franklin. For the veterans among your Franklin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Franklin lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Franklin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Franklin in 1940 was 29, and 72 in 2004.

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