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Franklin Family History

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

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Name Distribution of Franklin Families

  • Number of Franklin families
     674 - 1,345
     225 - 673
     1 - 224
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Franklin families
     1,373 - 2,744
     458 - 1,372
     1 - 457
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Franklin families
     17 - 32
     6 - 16
     1 - 5
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Franklin Family Origin

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Franklin Immigration Information

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Franklin Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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