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Francis, Frances


Origin: Latin

Meaning: derived from 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", or the name could be derived from a type of spear they used.

Francis is the typical masculine spelling while Frances is usually used for women.

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

Feminine forms:
  • Francine 
  • Françoise (French)
  • Francesca (Italian, Catalan)

Male forms:
  • François (French)
  • Francesco (Italian)
  • Franciscus (Latin)