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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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Franklin Family Origin

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Franklin Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    6%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Carpenter

    3%
  • Farmer

    2%

In 1881, the most common Franklin occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Franklin's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Franklin family was Farmer. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Franklin.

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