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What does Frank mean?

Frank Pronunciation of 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


VARIANTS Franc, Franco, Franck, Francke, Frankie, Franky, Frantz, Franz


RELATED FORMS VIA FRANCIS, FRANCO, FRANKIE, FRANKLIN Ferenc, Fran, Franche, Franio, Franklyn, Franko, Frann, Frannie, Frans, Frants, Franzel, Franzen, Franzi, Franzin, Frasco

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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 #392 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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?

Franklin (#435 FROM RECENT DATA), Francis (#480), Franco (#808), Frankie (#1049), Franklyn, Franky, Frans, Frantz and Franz are the prominent related forms of Frank (#392). Other variants, like Franche, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Frank was common among parents a century ago (MEDIAN #1307) and is now significantly lower (#1316, 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, Frans outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike 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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