Meaning and name origin
Francis \f-ran-cis, fr(a)-ncis\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Chico, Curro, Ferenc, Feri, Ffransis, Fran, Francisque, Franco, Francesco▼, Franche, Franchesco, Franchesko, Franchot, Francisco, Franciscus, Franciskus, Franciszek, 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 popular first name for males (#127 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#385 out of 88799, Top 1%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Francis for boys. Francis reached its highest rank of #34 in the U.S. in 1910-1919 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Francis and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Francisco (#232), Frank (#336), Francis (#478), Franco (#817), Frankie (#929), Franz, Frances and Francesco. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).