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Franklin Name Meaning

English: status name from Middle English frankeleyn ‘freeman freeholder land-owner of free but not noble birth’ (Anglo-Norman French fraunclein). In general he was a gentleman ranked above the main body of minor freeholders but below a knight or a member of the nobility. Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames such as Frankel .

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 1840 there were 156 Franklin families living in New York. This was about 15% of all the recorded Franklin's in USA. New York had the highest population of Franklin families in 1840.
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What did your Franklin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Franklin. 20% of Franklin men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Franklin women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Franklin were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 50,000 immigration records available for the last name Franklin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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