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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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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute