What does Francis mean?
Francis \f-ran-cis, fr(a)-ncis\ as a boys' name is pronounced FRAN-sis. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Francis is "frenchman". English form of Italian Francesco (Late Latin Franciscus; see Frank). France was originally the kingdom of the Franks. Saint Francis of Assisi (12th century) is remembered as the gentle giant who delighted in God's works as revealed by nature. He was originally named Giovanni, the Italian form of John, but got the nickname Francis because his father had taught him French as a boy. Frances is the feminine form. Musician Francis Sinatra, also known as Frank; philosopher Sir Francis Bacon; composer Franz Josef Haydn; King Francois I of France; playwright Ferenc Molnar; French president Francois Mitterrand; film director Francis Ford Coppola; "Star Spangled Banner" author Francis Scott Key; football players Fran Tarkenton, Franco Harris.
Francis▼ has 43 variants: Chico, Curro, Ferenc, Feri, Ffransis, Fran, Francesco▼, Franche, Franchesco, Franchesko, Franchot, Francisco, Franciscus, Franciskus, Francisque, Franciszek, Franco, Franco, Francois, Franio, Frank▼, Frankie▼, Franko, Frann, Frannie, Frans, Fransisco, Frants, Frantz, Franz, Franzel, Franzen, Franzi, Franzin, Frasco, Frascuelo, Frasquito, Paco, Pacorro, Panchito, Pancho, Paquito and Proinsias.
Francis is a very prominent first name for men (#127 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#385 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Francis for boys. Francis reached its apex position of #34 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is at #478 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Frances, Francesco, Francisco (#232 a year ago), Franco (#817), Frank (#336), Frankie (#929) and Franz are the popular variation forms of Francis (#478 a year ago). These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 and are now significantly less popular, with the forms Frances, Francesco, Francis, Frank and Frankie becoming somewhat outmoded. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Francis and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)