What does Frances mean?
Frances [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: 17th century.
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.
Related girl name: Paquita.
2 more different relations via Fanny: Fanceen and Fannee.
1 masculine form: Francis.Creative forms:
(female) Falces, Fances, ..
(male) Franest, .. Middle name pairings:
Frances Aria (F.A.), ..
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)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. 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 from current records). 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.
Similar NamesRecommended 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.