Franklin Family History
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