What do people think of the name Franklin?

(37 Posts)
Thinkingpositively Tue 14-May-13 20:47:09

with Frank, Frankie as a shortened version?

Very presidential and a bit too American for me.

Francis is much better. Frank is fantastic. Frankie is a bit twee. But fab for a girl.

God I'm fickle grin.

Would be our DS's middle name as is family name.

I think it is cool and unusual.

Thinkingpositively Tue 14-May-13 20:52:27

The shortened version Frank is the one i'm least fond of so it's good to get some different views! I hope i get more responses......Thank you!

Thinkingpositively Tue 14-May-13 20:53:52

Thanks Madamecastafiore It's a family name for us too....

I'm not keen on Frank
Or Frankie that's why would be a middle name.

LedaOfSparta Tue 14-May-13 20:56:26

I can't help but do a sort of Eastenders impression in my mind!

That said I kind of like it.

frecklemum Tue 14-May-13 21:05:16

I know a baby Franklyn- nn Frankers - cute baby, cute name smile

Decoy Tue 14-May-13 21:26:00

It's OK but I think everyone would say "as in Roosevelt" which could be annoying the umpteenth time!

squoosh Tue 14-May-13 23:50:02

I think you'd be more likely to get 'as in Benjamin' but yes still very Presidential.

I quite like it though and love Frankie.

deleted203 Tue 14-May-13 23:59:01

My immediate thought is 'D Roosevelt' I'm afraid. If it's a family name it seems reasonable enough to use it, though.

Thinkingpositively Wed 15-May-13 02:40:04

Thanks for the opinions......! Thanks squoosh...yes, Frankie is really growing on me too.

mathanxiety Wed 15-May-13 03:17:41

It's becoming more popular in the US where it's the American equivalent of names like Arthur and Alfie.

sleepingbeautiful Wed 15-May-13 04:51:56

I quite like it. Canadian friends recently had a Frank. I was a bit ?!?! about it, but now I know him with the name, it's grown on me a lot and doesn't seem weird any more.

MadameJosephine Wed 15-May-13 18:28:50

It's my ds's middle name too a d has family connections on his dad's side (he is American). I wasn't keen to begin with but it grew on me and I love it now and more importantly so does he

cuillereasoupe Wed 15-May-13 18:36:42

The thicko husband in We need to talk about Kevin. Not keen.

MyNameIsSuz Wed 15-May-13 21:56:09

I have a Franklin, we intended to call him Frankie but mostly call him Frankels, it's an awesome name! We hoped it would be versatile enough to carry him through life with an appropriate name - Frankie when he's small, Frank when he's a bit older, etc. Do it!!!

MyNameIsSuz Wed 15-May-13 21:57:44

And nobody ever asks 'as in Roosevelt' smile

runningforme Wed 15-May-13 22:01:56

it just makes me think of the cartoon tortoise....

comelywenchlywoo Wed 15-May-13 22:07:40

I like it. It's unusual, but not too "out there".

(My DSis had a book called "Franklin and the messy pigs" when we were growing up. It's a lovely book so I have nice associations with the name.)

kslatts Wed 15-May-13 22:14:28

I think Franklin is a lovely name

5madthings Wed 15-May-13 22:24:27

I like it, unusual but not out there, lots of nickname possibilities, go for it smile

RealityQuake Wed 15-May-13 22:38:44

Lovely, my DS2 wears it well wink. We haven't shortened it yet though, and we've had no issue about people asking about namesakes, only happened once (by a recently married in Uncle of DH who didn't know it was a family name and thought we'd named him after Benjamin Franklin confused ). Only problem we've had is multiple healthcare/HVs keep writing it down as Franklyn, with a y, keep having to correct it at the GP, which seems quite odd.

Mariannesmum Wed 15-May-13 22:57:03

Love it. Was on our list for a boy.

invicta Wed 15-May-13 22:59:19

Nice. Unusual, but not not difficult to spell, or too way out.

ChunkyChicken Thu 16-May-13 00:22:08

I like it. Was on my list but DH not overly keen. I also liked Theodore as well though so not sure I'm a good example of avoiding the "as in Roosevelt" connection grin

miffybun73 Fri 17-May-13 15:25:53

I think of D Roosevelt or surname.

Thinkingpositively Sun 19-May-13 00:38:34

Thanks folks. 99% sure he will be Franklin.. .............now for a middle name...........!.

moogy1a Mon 20-May-13 13:27:14

my 5 month old is a Franklin. Known as Frankie a lot. My favourite name of all time and gets very positive comments.

formicadinosaur Tue 21-May-13 16:14:13


FruitSaladIsNotPudding Wed 22-May-13 10:50:55

I quite like it, and I don't normally like surname-y names. Makes me think of Franklin Blake from The Moonstone, which is a good association.

Makeminealarge Wed 22-May-13 10:55:34

A friend of mine named her son franklin nn frankie. I wasn't sure at first but now I love it as you don't hear of it often. It never crossed my mind re Roosevelt or came across as over American. I think it's lovely.

Thinkingpositively Fri 24-May-13 21:59:01

I'm 99% sure that he will be Franklin with Frankie for short. We are thinking of middle names. Really want him to take DH first name as a middle name but he doesn't like it!

pascalia Sat 25-May-13 01:57:58

I prefer Francis, or just plain Frank.

Thinkingpositively Sun 26-May-13 22:22:57

still canvassing on this one!! smile

MineOrk Sun 26-May-13 22:34:12

I like it. The " lin " sound makes me think it could easily be a unisex name, like Robin, as matter of interest, not a negative though.

Definitely should go with Franklin X. Surname when their name is written out, though, so cool!

plieadianpony Sun 16-Jun-13 19:30:17

I Love it!

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