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

actresses, astronomers, athletes, authors, first ladies of the USA, Game of Thrones characters, Jane Austen characters, never out of the US top 1000, retired Atlantic hurricane names, saints, scientists, singers, song titles, Stephen King characters, 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

Sources & References

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