- Aretha (əˈriːθə) born 1942, US soul, pop, and gospel singer
- Benjamin 1706–90, American statesman, scientist, and author. He helped draw up the Declaration of Independence (1776) and, as ambassador to France (1776–85), he negotiated an alliance with France and a peace settlement with Britain. As a scientist, he is noted particularly for his researches in electricity, esp his invention of the lightning conductor
- Sir John. 1786–1847, English explorer of the Arctic: lieutenant-governor of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) (1836–43): died while on a voyage to discover the Northwest Passage
- Rosalind. 1920–58, British x-ray crystallographer. She contributed to the discovery of the structure of DNA, before her premature death from cancer
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- World History(in the 14th and 15th centuries) a freeholder who was not of noble birth.
- Anglo-French fraunclein, equivalent. to fraunc free, frank1 + -lein -ling1; formed on the model of Old French chamberlain chamberlain
- Middle English fra(u)nkelin 1250–1300
Frank•lin (frangk′lin),USA pronunciation n.
- BiographicalBenjamin, 1706–90, American statesman, diplomat, author, scientist, and inventor.
- BiographicalSir John, 1786–1847, English Arctic explorer.
- BiographicalJohn Hope, born 1915, U.S. historian and educator.
- Place Namesa district in extreme N Canada, in the Northwest Territories, including the Boothia and Melville peninsulas, Baffin Island, and other Arctic islands. 549,253 sq. mi. (1,422,565 sq. km).
- Place Namesa town in S Massachusetts. 18,217.
- Place Namesa city in SE Wisconsin. 16,871.
- Place Namesa town in central Tennessee. 12,407.
- Place Namesa town in central Indiana. 11,563.
- Place Namesa town in SW Ohio. 10,711.
- a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning "freeholder.''
- (in 14th- and 15th-century England) a substantial landholder of free but not noble birth