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What does Francesca mean?

Francesca Pronunciation of Francesca [francesca] as a girls' name is pronounced fran-CHESS-kah. It is of Italian and Latin origin, and the meaning of Francesca is "French". Italian form of Frances. It was given from the 13th century in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. The most famous bearer was the beautiful Francesca di Rimini (13th century), daughter of Giovanni da Polenta, Count of Ravenna. Her love story has been retold in Dante's "Inferno", as well as in other literary works and in a symphonic fantasy by Tchaikovsky.

Associated with: saint, beautiful.


Francesca has 6 variants: Franca, Franceska, Franchesa, Franchesca, Francisca and Franciska.

Affiliated girl name: Frankie.

10 more alternative forms via Frances: France, Francee, Francene, Francess, Francetta, Francette, Francey, Francia, Franzetta and Franziska.

Creative forms:
(female) Ferncesca, Fruccesca, ..

(male) Franceham, Francelim, ..

Middle name pairings:
Francesca Cherish (F.C.), ..

How popular is Francesca?

Francesca is a very prominent first name for females (#966 out of 4276, Top 23%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Francesca entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its peak rank of #353 in the U.S. in the year 1996, and is presently at #428. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Frances (#514 from current records), Frankie (#992), Francisca, France, Francene and Franchesca are the prominent related forms of Francesca (#428 from current records) listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Francee, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Francesca was at its apex in the 1920s (usage of 1.79%) and is now much less (usage 0.08%, 96%). Frances is more universally found than the rest, though Francesca is currently the top form, while versions like Frances have become less contemporary.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Francisca, Frankie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Branca, Fanceen (see Fanny), Fancey, Franceen, Franceline, Francena, Franci, Francie, Francille, Francina, Francine, Francoise, Francyne, Frania, Franie, Franka, Frannee (see Fran), Princesa and Princessa. These names tend to be less frequently used than Francesca.

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