National Frank Day – February 2, 2023

National Frank Day is on February 2. The name Frank is a German boy’s name that means “Frenchman or free man.” Frank, a Top 10 name from the 1880s to the 1920s, might’ve gone out of popularity, but it still has a warm, pleasant real-guy grandpa taste that, like Jake and Jack, might come back into favor. It’s become a new hipster favorite due to Sinatra, and couples like Diana Krall and Elvis Costello. Architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry are also responsible for popularizing this name and making very intriguing namesakes.

History of National Frank Day

While Frank has long been a European name in its own right, in the English-speaking United States, the given name arose in the 20th century as a short form of the traditional common English variant Francis, which is itself a shortening of Franciscus, which means “the Frenchman,” in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Frank Sinatra, who was born Francis Albert Sinatra in 1915, popularized the name.

The Carolingian period in France and Germany, and the early medieval Frankish Empire, gave rise to the continental version of Frank. Francho or Franko is an Old High German form that dates back to the 8th century. Also derived from the Old French franc in the 12th century is the English adjective frank, which was employed by Middle English.

Frank is a German, Scandinavian, Slovenian, Czech, Hungarian, and Jewish ethnic or regional name for someone from Franconia, a region of southwestern Germany named after the Franks, a Germanic people who settled the territories around the Rhine in Roman times. The Franks built a significant empire in western Europe between the 6th and 9th centuries, led by figures such as Clovis I and Charlemagne, from whom the country of France received its name. The term Frank was used in eastern Mediterranean countries to refer to the Crusaders and their successors in various vernacular versions, and the American surname may be an Americanized form of that term.

National Frank Day timeline

8th Century
The Old High German Form

Franko is an Old High German form of Frank that dates back to this time.

6th — 9th Centuries
The Frank Empire

The Franks build a significant empire in western Europe.

12th Century
The English Adjective

The English adjective 'frank' is coined.

1915
Francis Albert Sinatra

Sinatra helps popularize the name, Frank.

National Frank Day FAQs

Is Frank a name from the “Bible?”

Frank is a Christian baby boy’s name that is very popular.

What is a synonym for frank?

Candid is a synonym for the word ‘frank.’

Is Frank a Greek name?

No, Frank is not a Greek name.

National Frank Day Activities

  1. Listen to Frank Sinatra

    This musical legend should definitely top your music playlist today. Not only do you share the same name, but Sinatra is a total jazz legend who still influences music today.

  2. Make jokes using your name

    Look up silly puns that include your name. Use these in the conversations that you have today. See if you can get fun reactions from people while you’re at it.

  3. Eat Beans ‘n’ Franks today

    How about eating a dish that includes your name? A great option is the delicious and popular beans and franks!

5 Facts About The Popularity Of The Name Frank

  1. A popularity surge

    Frank grew in popularity as a baby name the most in 1912.

  2. 7,912 American babies named Frank

    7,912 newborns were born with the name Frank, accounting for 1% of all baby boys born in the United States in 2020.

  3. Increased popularity in 2020

    The popularity of the name Frank rose to 1.668% at the end of 2020.

  4. Ranking 444th

    The first name Frank is ranked 444th in terms of births in the United States.

  5. 200 years of Frank

    In the last 200 years, 917,844 males have been given the name Frank.

Why We Love National Frank Day

  1. Your name is your identity

    Your name is a crucial part of your personal identity. It is intertwined with deeply personal, cultural, familial, and historical ties. You have every reason to cherish and celebrate it.

  2. Name days makes people feel special

    Celebrating a person or celebrating yourself on the basis of your name, no matter how silly it sounds, is a great pick-me-up. It's a simple way to remind yourself that you are special.

  3. Special treatment

    Apart from your birthday and probably Christmas, I'm sure you can count the number of days you received special treatment on. This is another day that can be added to that list.

National Frank Day dates

YearDateDay
2023February 2Thursday
2024February 2Friday
2025February 2Sunday
2026February 2Monday
2027February 2Tuesday

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