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What does Frances mean?

Frances \f-ran-ces, fr(a)-nces\ 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.


Frances has 46 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, Fransabella, Fransabelle, Franzetta, Franzi, Franziska and Fronia.

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

Frances has 5 more different forms via Fanny: Fanceen, Fannee, Fanni, Fannia and Fantine.

Frances has 1 masculine form: Francis.


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)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Frances for girls. Frances reached its top position of #9 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is currently at #602. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Fannie, Fanny, Fran, Francesca (#426 the previous year), Francine, Francis, Francisca, Frank, Frankie and Fronia are the prominent varying forms of Frances (#602 the previous year). Adoption of these girl names was at its most widespread during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4606%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.0884%, down 80.8%), with forms like Francine, Francis, Francisca, Frank and Frankie falling out of style. Francesca (#426) is the most fashionable birth name in this list, and there is a revival in baby name usage for this name. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Frances and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Fannie, Fanny, Fran, Frances, Francesca, Francine, Francis, 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 Franca, Franceen, Francena, Franceska and Franchesa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Frances.