Franklin comes from an English surname meaning “freeholder”, referring to a class of landowners in medieval England who owned land but were neither serfs or nobles. The name comes from Anglo-Norman fraunclein (a landowner of free, but not noble, birth) via Old French franc (free) combined with the suffix -ling, -lein; franc comes from Medieval Latin francus which seems to be derived from the name of a tribe known as the Franks– the name itself seems to be derived from Proto-Germanic *frankô (spear, javelin) via a PIE origin.
Nicknames: Frank, Franky/Frankie
- Franklyn (English)
- Franklina (English)