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Frank 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". 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. Franz (frahnz) is a German form. Musicians Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa; astronaut Frank Borman; actors Frank Langella, Franco Nero, Frankie Muniz; architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Frank has 8 variant forms: Franc, Franco, Franck, Francke, Frankie, Franky, Frantz and Franz.
For more information, see also the related name Pancho.
Baby names that sound like Frank are Franko, Ferenc, Franche, Franklyn and French.
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Popularity of Frank
Frank is a very popular first name for men (#31 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#453 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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