Given Name FRANCES

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: FRAN-sis   [details]

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.

Categories

first ladies of the USA, saints, storms, top 10 in the US
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Frantziska (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)
USER SUBMISSION: Francés
  United States
2016
  Canada (BC)
not
ranked
2015
  England and Wales
2016

Sources & References

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