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Francis
Gender Male/Female
Origin Latin
Related names Franciscus, Frank
Popularity Popular names page

Francis is a French and English first name and a surname most likely of Latin origin.

Francis is a name that has many derivatives in most European languages. The female version of the name in English is Frances, and (less commonly) Francine. (For most speakers, Francis and Frances are homophones or near homophones; a popular mnemonic for the spelling is "i for him and e for her".) The name Fran is a common diminutive for Francis, Frances and Francine. In Italian and Spanish, the form Fran is mostly used for boys and men, while Franci is more common for girls and women.

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Related names in other languages

Related names are common in other Western European languages, in countries that are (or were before the Reformation) Catholic. These names include:

Derivation

Francesco was the name given to Saint Francis of Assisi (baptized Giovanni) by his francophile father, celebrating his trade with French merchants, though possibly in memory of the boy's mother, a Frenchwoman, who died when the boy was still in his early years. It means 'Little Frenchman'. The name of France itself comes from the Germanic people known as the Franks; the origin of their name is unclear but is thought to mean "free". The characteristic national weapon of the Franks was the francisca, throwing axe.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

FRANCIS (Lat. Franciscus, Ital. Francesco, Span. Francisco, Fr. Francois, Ger. Franz), a masculine proper name meaning "Frenchman." As a Christian name it originated with St Francis of Assisi, whose baptismal name was Giovanni, but who was called Francesco by his father on returning from a journey in France. The saint's fame made the name exceedingly popular from his day onwards.


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Wiktionary

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English

Etymology

Latin Franciscus (French(man)) (from Francia 'France', from the Germanic tribal name of the Franks, meaning frank, free), originally a nickname of St. Francis of Assisi.

Proper noun

Francis

  1. A male given name
  2. A female given name, a rare spelling variant of Frances

Quotations

  • ~1591 William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet: Act V, Scene III:
    Saint Francis be my speed! how oft tonight
    Have my old feet stumbled at graves!
  • 1820 Leigh Hunt, Names, The Indicator, No. XVIII, February 9th, 1820:
    Francis is one of the pleasantest names in use. It has a fine open air with it, - a sound correspondent to its sense.

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Dutch

Etymology

Latin Franciscus (French(man)) (from Francia 'France', from the Germanic tribal name of the Franks, meaning frank, free), originally a nickname of St. Francis of Assisi.

Proper noun

Francis

  1. A male given name, variant of François.

Related terms


French

Etymology

Latin Franciscus (French(man)) (from Francia 'France', from the Germanic tribal name of the Franks, meaning frank, free), originally a nickname of St. Francis of Assisi.

Proper noun

Francis

  1. A male given name, variant of François.

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