Francis, Frances

Francis/Frances is the English form of Late Latin Franciscus meaning “Frenchman” which is derived from the name of a Germanic tribe known as the Franks, either meaning “free” or “free man”, though it may also be derived from Proto-Germanic *frankô meaning “spear, javelin). Francis is the typical masculine spelling while Frances is usually used for women. Francis is also a surname derived from the given name.

Nicknames: Frank, Frankie/Franky, Fran, Francie, Cissy/Sissy

Origin: Latin


Feminine forms:

  • Francine
  • Françoise (French)
  • Francesca (Italian, Catalan)
Male forms:
  • François (French)
  • Francesco (Italian)
  • Franciscus (Latin)


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