What does Franklin mean?

Definitions for Franklin
ˈfræŋk lɪnfranklin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Franklin, John Hope Franklinnoun

    United States historian noted for studies of Black American history (born in 1915)

  2. Franklin, Benjamin Franklinnoun

    printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790)

  3. franklinnoun

    a landowner (14th and 15th centuries) who was free but not of noble birth


  1. Franklinnoun

    A one-hundred-dollar bill, which carries the portrait of Benjamin Franklin.

  2. Franklinnoun

    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American author, scientist, inventor, and diplomat, and one of the Founding Fathers.

  3. Franklinnoun

    transferred from the surname, partly in honor of Benjamin Franklin.

  4. franklinnoun

    A freeholder, especially as belonging to a class of landowners in the 14th and 15th century ranking below the gentry.

  5. Etymology: From frankelein, from fraunclein, from fraunc, of origin, from * + -lein, from *, from -lingaz. Cognate with Franko, -ling. More at frank, -ling.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Franklinnoun

    A steward; a bailiff of land. It signifies originally a little gentleman, and is not improperly Englished a gentleman servant.

    Etymology: from frank.

    A spacious court they see,
    Both plain and pleasant to be walked in,
    Where them does meet a franklin fair and free. Fai. Queen.


  1. franklin

    A Franklin is a term originating from the Middle Ages, referring to a free landowner who was not of noble birth. The word 'Franklin' also represents an old unit of electrical charge. It is also a common surname and may refer to the well-known American polymath, Benjamin Franklin. It can also refer to several places named after individuals bearing the surname, including Franklin County or the city Franklin in numerous U.S. states.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Franklinadjective

    an English freeholder, or substantial householder

  2. Etymology: [OE. frankelein; cf. LL. franchilanus. See Frank, a.]


  1. Franklin

    Franklin is a city in, and county seat of, Williamson County, Tennessee, United States. It is a southern suburb of Nashville. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a total population of 62,487.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Franklin

    frangk′lin, n. an old English freeholder, free from feudal servitude to a subject-superior. [Low L. francus, frank.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. franklin

    In the southern part of Tennessee, near the boundary-line of Alabama. A severe engagement took place here between the Union and Confederate forces under Gens. Schofield and Hood respectively, November 30, 1864.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Franklin is ranked #251 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Franklin surname appeared 120,621 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 41 would have the surname Franklin.

    54.3% or 65,594 total occurrences were White.
    38.7% or 46,753 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 3,353 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.7% or 3,257 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 1,001 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 651 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Franklin in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Franklin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Franklin in a Sentence

  1. Gore Vidal:

    It is difficult to find a reputable American historian who will acknowledge the crude fact that a Franklin Roosevelt, say, wanted to be President merely to wield power, to be famed and to be feared. To learn this simple fact one must wade through a sea of

  2. United States:

    Then came Rio Olympics. United States ' Missy Franklin had never been through anything like Rio Olympics before. There were plenty of tears, even as United States ' Missy Franklin tried to maintain United States ' Missy Franklin smiling, upbeat facade. It was brutal, United States ' Missy Franklin recalled. You are literally on the biggest stage in the world and falling short of every single goal youve set for yourself. You truly feel like youre embarrassing yourself. Yet, that was when United States ' Missy Franklin found something deep inside, something United States ' Missy Franklin always hoped was there but wouldnt really know until she went through such a trying ordeal. Its really easy to inspire people in success and when youre doing well. Its really hard to inspire people when youre failing, when youre falling on your butt, now I have to show up and be that person I always said I wanted to be in a situation like this. While this has been a solitary journey in many ways, Franklins husband has helped greatly in easing the transition from competitive swimming. When his wife-to-be was contemplating whether to have another surgery, he pointed out that there were far more important things still to come, that had nothing to do with being a star athlete. Theres always going to be a part of me thats still working through it, still reflecting and seeing what else I can take away from it.

  3. David H. Comins:

    People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.

  4. Pastor Greg:

    I don’t think anyone will ever take Billy’s place. But we can all, in our own way, follow Franklin Graham example and proclaim the same Gospel as Franklin Graham did, franklin Graham served God’s purpose for Franklin Graham generation and then Franklin Graham died.

  5. Romell Franklin:

    He says to me Romell Franklin need to open the door and if Romell Franklin don't open the door within two seconds we're gon na kick the f * ckin' door in. So I said Romell Franklin have to do what Romell Franklin have to do because I'm telling Romell Franklin there's Gregory Hines here.

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