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What does Frances mean?

Frances Pronunciation of Frances as a girls' name is pronounced FRAN-siss. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Frances is "French". Feminine 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.

ASSOCIATED WITH Fran-, 17th century


VARIANTS 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, Fronia

SEE ALSO Paquita





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How popular is Frances?

Frances is a very popular first name for females (#47 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#12193 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Frances reached its top position of #9 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is currently at #514. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Frances name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Fan, Fannie, Fanny, Fran, France, Francene, Francesca (#428 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Franchesca, Francie, Francine, Francis, Francisca, Frank, Frankie (#992) and Fronia are the prominent varying forms of Frances (#514). Other variants, like Fannee, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Frances was at its most widespread in the 1920s (AVERAGE #1207) and is now significantly less (#1745, DOWN 96%), with forms like Francisca becoming less in vogue. Frances has generally been a favorite of parents, although Francesca seems to be getting popular too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Frances, Fan, Fannie, Fanny, Fran in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of France, Francene, Francesca, Franchesca, Francie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Francine, Francis, Francisca, Frank, Frankie, Fronia in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Candes, Florance, Franca, Franceen, Francena, Franceska, Franchesa, Francina, Frani, Frannee (see Fran), Frayde, Fraydel and Jances. These names tend to be less commonly used than Frances.