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Gender Feminine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. FRAN-sis
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Meaning & History

Feminine form of FRANCIS. The distinction between Francis as a masculine name and Frances as a feminine name did not arise until the 17th century. A notable bearer was Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), a social worker and the first American to be canonized.
Other Languages & CulturesFrantziska(Basque) Frañseza(Breton) Francesca(Catalan) Franka(Croatian) Františka(Czech) Fanni(Finnish) France, Françoise, Fanny, Francette, Francine(French) Franziska, Fränze, Franzi, Ziska(German) Franciska, Fanni, Franci(Hungarian) Franca, Francesca(Italian) Francisca(Late Roman) Franciszka(Polish) Francisca, Chica(Portuguese) Frantzisca(Sardinian) Frangag(Scottish) Frančiška, Francka(Slovene) Francisca, Fanny, Paca, Paquita(Spanish)
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Sources & References

  • Elizabeth Gidley Withycombe, The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names (1945)

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