Frank name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Frank

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  1. 2 submissions from Maryland, U.S. agree the name Frank means "Free man" and is of American / German origin.
  2. A submission from New York, U.S. says the name Frank means "Frenchman or free man" and is of German origin.
  3. According to a user from Germany, the name Frank is of German origin and means "'Frank' is derived from the Old High German name Franko, which in turn goes back to the tribal name of the Franks. The meaning of franko is originally 'the Franke', of frank for 'free', 'brave'".
  4. According to a user from New Hampshire, U.S., the name Frank means "Believe it derives from 'Francesco,' a nikname for the father of St Francis, a merchant who woud return from Avignon, lauding that city. Derisively, he was called 'il Fracesco,' or 'the French guy.' As often happens in Italy, the father's nickname passed on to the son. The saint's popularity caused it to spread throughout Italy, often shortened to 'Franco.'".
  5. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Frank is of Shona origin and means "Strong man radiating masculine passion".
  6. A submission from Maryland, U.S. says the name Frank means "HAPPY".
  7. A submission from Germany says the name Frank means "Honest" and is of German origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Frank
A pigsty.

Etymology: OF. franc

verb Frank
To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten.
noun Frank
The common heron; -- so called from its note.
adjective frank
  1. Unbounded by restrictions, limitations, etc.; free.(R)"It is of frankgift." [Spenser.]
  2. Free in uttering one's real sentiments; not reserved; using no disguise; candid; ingenuous; as, a frank nature, conversation, manner, etc.
  3. Liberal; generous; profuse.(Obs)" Frank of civilities that cost them nothing." [L'Estrange.]
  4. Unrestrained; loose; licentious; -- used in a bad sense.
    synonyms: Ingenuous; candid; artless; plain; open; unreserved; undisguised; sincere. See Candid Ingenuous.

Etymology: F. franc free, frank, L. Francus a Frank, fr. OHG. Franko the name of a Germanic people on the Rhine, who afterward founded the French monarchy; cf. AS. franca javelin, Icel. frakka. Cf. Franc French (a.) Franchise (n.)

verb frank
  1. To send by public conveyance free of expense.
  2. To extempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc.
noun Frank
The privilege of sending letters or other mail matter, free of postage, or without charge; also, the sign, mark, or signature denoting that a letter or other mail matter is to go free of postage. Called also the franking privilege .

Etymology: See Frank (a.)

noun Frank
  1. [Ethnol] A member of one of the German tribes that in the fifth century overran and conquered Gaul, and established the kingdom of France.
  2. A native or inhabitant of Western Europe; a European; -- a term used in the Levant.
  3. A French coin. See Franc.

Etymology: Cf. F. franc. See Frank (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll
  2. A member of the ancient Germanic peoples who spread from the Rhine into the Roman Empire in the 4th century
  3. Exempt by means of an official pass or letter, as from customs or other checks
  4. Stamp with a postmark to indicate date and time of mailing
  5. Characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion ("tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank")
  6. Clearly manifest; evident ("frank enjoyment")

From Middle English Frank, partially from Old English Franca (“a Frank”); and partially from Old French Franc, and/or Latin Francus (“a Frank”), from Frankish *Franko (“a Frank”); both from Proto-Germanic *frankô (“javelin”). Cognate with Old High German Franko (“a Frank”), Old English franca (“spear, javelin”). Compare Saxon, ultimately a derivative of Proto-Germanic *sahsą (“knife, dagger”).

  1. One of the Franks, a Germanic federation that inhabited parts of what are now France, the Low Countries and Germany.

The surname derives from the medieval tribal name. The given name is also a form of Francis, with formal given name status since the 19th century.

  1. A male given name from the Germanic languages.
  2. A diminutive of the male given name Francis
  3. A surname​.

    Frank was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, Faroese, French, German, Icelandic, Manx, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Frank

    Notable Persons Named Frank

    Frank Sinatra

    His career lasted from 1935 to 1994. Frank was given the name Francis Albert Sinatra by his parents Anthony Martin Sinatra and Dolly Sinatra on December 12th, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S. He breathed his last breath on May 14th, 1998.

    Frank Ocean

    Frank Ocean is a contemporary r&b musician. He holds the title Voodoo". He has been prominent since 2007. Frank was given the name Christopher Edwin Breaux on October 28th, 1987 in Long Beach, California, United States. Frank is also known as Ocean, Christopher Francis (birth name); Breaux, Christopher; Breaux, and Lonny.

    Frank Zappa

    Frank Zappa was a musician, songwriter, composer, conductor, record producer, activist, filmmaker, actor, and author. He holds the title Peaches En Regalia, Waka/Jawaka, The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1, Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Some More, and Naval Aviation in Art?. He has had major accomplishments since 1955. Frank was given the name Frank Vincent Zappa on December 21st, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. He passed away on December 4th, 1993.

    Frank Abagnale

    Frank Abagnale is a ceo of abagnale & associates, chief executive officer, and ceoof abagnale & associates (security consultants). Frank was given the name Frank William Abagnale, Jr. on April 27th, 1948 in Bronxville, New York, U.S.

    Frank Lloyd Wright

    Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect. Frank was born on June 8th, 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, U.S. He breathed his last breath on April 9th, 1959.

    Frank Grillo

    Frank Grillo is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Frank was given the name Frank Anthony Grillo on June 8th, 1965 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Frank

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Frank

    Anne Frank

    Anne Frank is a writer. Anne was given the name Annelies or Anneliese Marie Frank on June 12th, 1929 in Frankfurt.

    Jason David Frank

    Jason David Frank is a martial artist. Jason was born on September 4th, 1973 in Covina, California.

    Barney Frank

    Barney Frank is a Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Ranking Member of theHouse Financial Services Committee, and Chair of theHouse Financial Services Committee. Barney was born on March 31st, 1940 in Bayonne, New Jersey.

    Otto Frank

    Otto Frank was a banker and spice merchant. Otto was given the name Otto Heinrich Frank on May 12th, 1889 in Frankfurt. He breathed his last breath on August 19th, 1980.

    Hans Frank

    Hans Frank was a chancellor. He has had major accomplishments since 1939. Hans was born on May 23rd, 1900 in Karlsruhe. He breathed his last breath on October 16th, 1946.

    Leo Frank

    Leo was given the name Leo Max Frank on April 17th, 1884 in Cuero, Texas. He breathed his last breath on August 17th, 1915.


    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Frank U.S.
      White 84.54% 64.26%
      African American 7.96% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.99% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 2.23% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.60% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.68% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Frank

    People with the last name Frank are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Frank

  1. What name lists does Frank rank for?
  2. How Popular is the name Frank? Frank is the 48th most popular name of all time. As a last name Frank was the 499th most popular name in 2010.
  3. How many people with the first name Frank have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 916,604 babies born with the first name Frank in the United States. That's more than enough people named Frank to occupy the country of Fiji with an estimated population of 876,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  4. What year were 5 or more babies first named Frank? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 3,255 new born babies.
  5. When was Frank first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Frank is Tuesday, December 25th, 1804.
  6. What year had the most people named Frank born? The highest recorded use of the first name Frank was in 1918 with a total of 17,017 babies. That's a lot of babies named Frank!
  7. Random Frank Factoid: According to the 1965 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Frank ranks 46th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Nevada. Imagine that, 19 babies in Nevada have the same name in 1965.
  8. Weird things about the name Frank: The name spelled backwards is Knarf. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Frnka. How do you pronounce that?
  9. How many people have the last name Frank? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 67,304 people with the last name Frank.
  10. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Frank? Frank was ranked as the 499th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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