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What does Fran mean?

Fran \f-ran\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Fran) is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Fran is "French". Short form of Frances. Also used as an independent name. Comedienne Fran Drescher; writer Fran Lebowitz.


Fran has 5 variants: Frani, Frannee, Franni, Frannie and Franny.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Franisbel.

Fran has 42 more related variations via Frances: Fan, Fancey, Fanchette, Fancie, Fancy, Fanechka, Fania, Fanney, Fannie, Fanny, Fanya, France, Francee, Franceline, Francene, Francesca, Francess, Francetta, Francette, Francey, Franchesca, Franci, Francia, Francie, Francine, Francisca, Franciska, Francoise, Francyne, Frania, Franie, Frank, Franka, Franki, Frankie, Franky, Fransabella, Fransabelle, Franzetta, Franzi, Franziska and Fronia.

Fran has 1 masculine form: Francis.


Fran is a very prominent first name for women (#865 out of 4276, Top 20%) but an uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Fran for girls. Fran was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its apex rank of #778 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Fran name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Fran outside U.S.

Popular varying forms of Fran listed in the Top 1000 are Francesca (#426 last year), Frances (#602), Frank, Frankie, Francisca, Fronia, Francine, Fannie and Fanny. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 and have become much less popular since, with forms like Francisca, Frank, Francine, Fannie and Fanny becoming somewhat outmoded. Francesca (#426) is the most trendy baby name in this compilation, with this name going through a rebound in usage. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Fran and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Fannie, Fanny, Fran, Frances, Francesca, Francine, Francisca, Frank, Frankie, Fronia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Fanny, Francesca outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Faren, Farin, Farran, Faryn, Fern and Ferran. These names tend to be less commonly used than Fran.