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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 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 girl name Paquita.
There is 1 masculine form of Frances: Francis.
Frances is a very popular first name for females (#47 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#7411 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Frances for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Frances and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Fannie, Fanny, Fran, Frances, Francesca, Franchesca, Francine, Francis, Francisca, Frank, Frankie and Fronia. (2014 statistics).
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