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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 Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Franklin. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Franklin Family Origin

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Franklin Family Occupations

What did your Franklin ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Franklin occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Franklin's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Franklin. A less common occupation for the Franklin family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Franklin Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 705,000 census records available for the last name Franklin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Franklin census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Franklin Life Expectancy

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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