What does Frank mean?
Frank \f-ra-nk\ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Frank) is pronounced frank. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Frank is "Frenchman". 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Pancho.
Frank▼ has 42 more related forms via Francis, Franco, Frankie, Franklin: Chico, Curro, Ferenc, Feri, Ffransis, Fran, Francesco▼, Franche, Franchesco, Franchesko, Franchot, Francisco, Franciscus, Franciskus, Francisque, Franciszek, Francklin, Francklyn, Francois, Franio, Franklinn, Franklyn▼, Franklynn, Franko, Frann, Frannie, Frans, Fransisco, Frants, Franzel, Franzen, Franzi, Franzin, Frasco, Frascuelo, Frasquito, Paco, Pacorro, Panchito, Pancho, Paquito and Proinsias.
Frank is a very popular first name for men (#31 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#453 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Frank for boys. Frank reached its apex rank of #6 in the U.S. then, and is at #336 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Frank and related names. Francisco (#232 last year), Franklin (#453), Francis (#478), Franco (#817), Frankie (#929), Franz, Franklyn and Francesco are the prominent related forms of Frank (#336 last year). Adoption of this boy name reached its highest during 1930-1939 and is now significantly lower, with versions like Frankie, Frank, Franklyn, Francesco and Franklin falling out of style. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)