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pinWhat does Frank mean?

Frank /frank/ [1 syll.] 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.


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

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.

Kreatif forms: Fafrank, Frankfa, Frankqu. [more]

pinHow 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. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity 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 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Frank name in U.S.

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

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). Variants like Franciscus are seldom used. Adoption of these boy names reached its highest during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.5174%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.3061%, 40.8%), with versions like Frankie, Frank, Francesco, Franklyn and Franklin falling out of style. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Frank and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Frank, Francesco, Francis, Francisco, Franco in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Frankie, Franklin, Franklyn, Franz in U.S.

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