Meaning and name origin
Frank \f-ra-nk\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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 is a very popular first name for males (#31 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#453 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Frank for boys. Frank reached its highest rank of #6 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Frank and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Frank (#336), Franklin (#453), Francis (#478), Franco (#817), Frankie (#929) and Franz. (2014 statistics).