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Francesca meaning and name origin
Francesca \f-rances-ca, fr(a)-nce-sca\ as a girl's 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 honour 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.
Francesca has 6 variant forms: Franca, Franceska, Franchesa, Franchesca, Francisca and Franciska.
Baby names that sound like Francesca are Francetta, Francess and Francena.
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Popularity of Francesca
Francesca is a very popular first name for women (#966 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people. (1990 U.S. Census)
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