Origin of franklin
- see 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.