What does Frank mean?
The name referred originally to a member of the tribe of the Franks, who were supposedly named for a type of spear that they used. When the Franks moved to Gaul in the fourth century, the country was named France and the tribal name Frank came to mean "Frenchman" or "free". Used as an independent name since the 17th century. Now also used as a short form of Francis or Franklin. Frankie is occasionally used for girls. Musicians Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa; astronaut Frank Borman; actors Frank Langella, Franco Nero, Frankie Muniz; architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Related boy name: Pancho.more]
How popular is Frank?
Frank is a very popular first name for men (#31 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#454 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Shown below is the birth name history of Frank for boys. Frank reached its apex rank of #6 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #336 presently. (Top 1000 Names, 2014)
Franklin (#453 from recent data), Francis (#478), Franco (#817), Frankie (#929), Franz and Franklyn are the prominent related forms of Frank (#336 from recent data). Other variants, like Franzel, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Frank was common among parents 8 decades ago (median #456) and is somewhat lower today (#716, ▼47.8%).
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