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What does Frank mean?

Frank Pronunciation of Frank [frank] 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.

Associated with: spear (warrior), gaul (roman), 17th century.


Frank has 8 variants: Franc, Franck, Francke, Franco, Frankie, Franky, Frantz and Franz.

Related boy name: Pancho.

15 more related forms via Francis, Franco, Frankie, Franklin: Ferenc, Fran, Franche, Franio, Franklyn, Franko, Frann, Frannie, Frans, Frants, Franzel, Franzen, Franzi, Franzin and Frasco.

Creative forms:
(male) Faank, Fank, ..

(female) Frais, Frany, ..

Middle name pairings:
Frank Kiaan (F.K.), ..

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)

Frank reached its apex rank of #6 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #355 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Franklin (#443 from recent data), Francis (#482), Franco (#878), Frankie (#992), Franz, Frantz, Franklyn and Franky are the prominent related forms of Frank (#355 from recent data). Other variants, like Franzel, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Frank was common among parents a century ago (median #1230) and is now significantly lower (#1238, 95.6%). Frank has been the overall favorite, though Franco has become popular as well, while versions like Francis have become less contemporary.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Frank, Francis, Franco, Frankie, Franklin in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Bank, Falk, Fane, Farand, Flann, Fraine, Frayn, Frayne, Frean, Frick and Hank. These names tend to be less frequently used than Frank.

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