Franklin meaning

frăng'klĭn
A medieval English freeholder of nonnoble birth holding extensive property.
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A freeholder; specif., in England in the 14th-15th cent., a landowner of free but not noble birth, ranking just below the gentry.
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A masculine name.
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1706-90; Am. statesman, scientist, inventor, & writer.
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1786-1847; Eng. arctic explorer.
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Former district of the Northwest Territories, Canada.
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(obsolete except historical) A freeholder, especially as belonging to a class of landowners in the 14th and 15th century ranking below the gentry.
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A surname​.
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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American author, scientist, inventor, and diplomat, and one of the Founding Fathers.
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A male given name transferred from the surname, partly in honor of Benjamin Franklin.
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A town in Alabama.
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A town in Arkansas.
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A town in Connecticut.
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A village in Georgia, USA.
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A city in Idaho.
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A village in Illinois.
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A city in Indiana.
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A city in Iowa.
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A city in Kentucky.
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A city in Louisiana.
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A town in Maine.
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A rural municipality in Manitoba, Canada.
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A town in Massachusetts.
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A village in Michigan.
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A city in Minnesota.
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A city in Missouri.
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A city in Nebraska.
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A city in New Hampshire.
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A borough in New Jersey.
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One of two towns in New York.
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A town in North Carolina.
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A city in Ohio.
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A city in Pennsylvania.
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A municipality in Quebec.
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A township and a river in Tasmania.
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A city in Tennessee.
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A town in Vermont.
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A city in Virginia.
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A town in West Virginia.
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A city and a few towns in Wisconsin.
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(US, informal) A one-hundred-dollar bill, which carries the portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
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Origin of franklin

  • From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
  • Middle English frankelein from Anglo-Norman fraunclein from Anglo-Norman franc frank1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English frankelein (“freeholder”), from Anglo-Norman fraunclein (“a landowner of free, but not noble birth”), from fraunc (“free”), from Frankish *Frank (“freeman”) + -lein (“-ling”), from Frankish *-linc (“-ling”), from Proto-Germanic *-lingaz. Cognate with Old High German Franko (“Frank”), Old High German -ling (“-ling”). More at frank, -ling.
    From Wiktionary