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What does Francis mean?

Francis [fran-cis] 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.

Associated with: saint, gentle, philosopher, king, ford (river), star.


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 has 4 more relations via Ferenc, Franco, Frank: Franc, Franck, Francke and Franky.

Francis has 2 feminine forms: Frances and Jancis.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Farncis, Franris, ..

(female) Frannis, Franti, ..

How popular is Francis?

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 (#406 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Francis for boys. Francis reached its apex position of #31 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #478 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Chico, Frances, Francesco (#1252 via latest list), Francisco (#232), Franco (#817), Francois, Frank (#336), Frankie (#929), Franky, Fransisco, Frantz and Franz are the popular variation forms of Francis (#478 via latest list). Other forms, like Franc, are uncommon. These forms of Francis were popular with parents 134 years ago (usage of 3.16%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.2%, 93.7% less), with forms like Frank becoming less stylish. Frank has been the recurring favorite, though Franco has grown popular as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Francis, Chico, Frances, Francesco, Francisco in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Franco, Francois, Frank, Frankie, Franky in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Fransisco, Frantz, Franz in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Aramis, Faris, Farris, Fenris, Fraenir, Francklin (see Franklin), Franklin, French, Giannis, Ioanis, Ioannis, Landis, Prentis, Tannis, Travis and Yannis. These names tend to be less commonly used than Francis.