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.
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)

Sources & References

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


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Entry updated July 2, 2017