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Frances meaning and name origin
Frances \f-ran-ces, fr(a)-nces\ as a girl's name is pronounced FRAN-siss. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Frances is "French". Feminine form of Francis. Before the 17th century, the two spellings were used for both genders. Franziska is the German form. Actresses Fanny Brice, Frances McDormand, Franka Potente.
Frances has 46 variant forms: Fan, Fancey, Fanchette, Fancie, Fancy, Fanechka, Fania, Fanney, Fannie, Fanny, Fanya, Fran, 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, Franni, Frannie, Franny, Fransabelle, Fransabella, Franzetta, Franzi, Franziska and Fronia.
For more information, see also the related name Paquita.
Baby names that sound like Frances are Franceen, Franceska and Francena.
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Popularity of Frances
Frances is a very popular first name for women (#47 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#7411 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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