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A very pretty name.
-- Anonymous User  1/23/2005
Beautiful name, rich in history and elegant in sound.
-- Anonymous User  5/29/2005
My cousin's name is Francesca Danielle Ryla Henderson and I think she has the name of a little princess!
-- respect101  6/21/2005
My name is Francesca, but everyone calls me Cesca. I don't like my name. It's not elegant or pretty. It's harsh and ugly. I am actually continuing a family tradition. My great-grandmother hated her name (Philomena), as did my grandmother (Yolanda) as did my mother (Wilma) as do I.
-- cesca3  11/1/2005
I love this name but I would hate for people to call her Fran or Frances or Frannie. Chesca would be cool.
-- Anonymous User  12/10/2005
My name is Francesca and I think it's a lovely name but I hate it being shortened down to Fran, Franie or Franny, Frog or EVEN FRANKENSTEIN! I do not know why! It's a princess's name and who ever says it's a horrible name is just stupid or jealous.
-- Anonymous User  1/4/2006
My name is Francesca and I like it very much. It is not a horrible name, it is fit for a princess.
-- Frannie999_00  1/5/2006
I think that Francesca is a gorgeous and elegant name and it pairs really well with Isabella. (My parents named me Francesca Dominique and my sister Isabella Margaux, so we are both named after Italian princesses and have French middle names)
-- dreamxcatcher  1/23/2006
If you have seen the movie "Casanova" you know that one of the main characters is Francesca (Sienna Miller).
-- Dahlis  1/31/2006
Francesca was the name of the woman in "The Bridges of Madison County." It's a gorgeous, feminine, ultra-elegant name.
-- tmarie  3/31/2006
The singer in S Club 8 (s club juniors) was called Francesca but she shortened it to Frankie which I think is very cute but I also like Chesca.
-- Gianna  7/13/2006
I think the name Francesca is a really nice elegant name!
-- Anonymous User  7/29/2006
I ADORE THIS NAME! I have written a story and my main charecter is called Francesca Isabella. I agree, those names go fabulously. It is the cutest name, and it sounds so elegant. I like the shortening Cheska or Chesky. SO PRETTY!
-- bellaboo  9/13/2006
I love this name! It makes me think of a dark long haired girl with dark tan skin, wearing red and also of red hibiscuses. Very pretty.
-- Anonymous User  10/8/2006
I just HATE this name. In Italy it's totally overused. I think it's the most lower-class, boring, rude name ever!
-- Anonymous User  10/25/2006
Francesca also means "free spirited." I like the full name, but unfortunately the nicknames are unsavory. Franny and Franky are such masculine nicknames.
Francesca is just too pretty to have a boring nickname.
-- Tears Of Blood  12/4/2006
Czech hockey player František Kaberle and his wife have a daughter Francesca.
-- Maggie_Simpson  1/27/2007
Francesca is the name of the 'most popular girl in town' in the movie "The Shaggy Dog".
-- LibbyBeth  3/9/2007
This is my middle name, and I adore it! While all my other friends' middle names are something common like Marie or Elizabeth or Anne, I get the beautiful name Francesca. I really wish that would have been my first name.
-- tinydancer07  3/11/2007
I go by Frankie, everyone calls me that, because they think it's hard to say Franchesca. Yes, I think my name is the only one spelled with an H, but I think that makes me unique. Almost everyone I meet whose never met a "Francesca" before, say it's one of the prettiest names they have ever heard. I think so too. The ratings are also pretty accurate. People would describe me as a "Francesca". That's who I am.
-- Anonymous User  3/23/2007
This is a very pretty name. A good name to name your daughter!
-- CharlieRob  5/6/2007
I find this name rather difficult to pronounce and associate it with a sneering upper-class image. Still, I'd rather meet a little Francesca than a Mackenzie or Kailyn any day of the week.
-- Anonymous User  5/7/2007
This is the name of Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka's (actress) daughter.
-- Jassie  5/8/2007
Francesca Fiore is the name of a character played by Scott Thompson on the show The Kids in the Hall. She is is the lover of Bruno Puntz Jones. She is either European or South American, but once married a Canadian (played by Kevin McDonald) for access to the Canadian health care system.
-- BSR  6/27/2007
The most famous literary Francesca is Francesca da Rimini in Dante's Inferno, who fell in love with her brother-in-law Paolo. The two were discovered and murdered by her elderly and lame husband, and are punished in Hell for the sin of lust. Francesca and Paolo are considered a bit the Italian equivalents of Romeo and Juliet.
-- lady murasaki  8/8/2007
Director Martin Scorsese has a daughter named Francesca.
-- reverie  11/11/2007
I totally agree with tiny dancer. Francesca is my middle name and while I like my first name, I think Francesca is gourgeous and very uncommon middle name that is a treasure.
-- jaclyn_francesca  7/1/2008
I think Frenchie would be a cute nickname. I think this is a beautiful name.
-- mom2jcts  7/15/2008
Francesca Annis (born 14 May 1945) is a British actress, particularly well known for her film and television appearances, most recently the BBC series, Wives and Daughters, Cranford, and Deceit.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Aurora Dani, better known as Francesca Dani, has modeled in magazines and films. Initially known as a net idol, she is now known for modeling both costumes she has made and costumes she bought from eBay by various costume commissioners. She entered the cosplay scene in October 1998 with her first costume, Sailor Moon. Since then she has cosplayed various anime, manga and video game characters.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Gagnon (born August 6, 1957) is a French-Canadian singer and theatre actress featured in Cirque Du Soleil's Alegría and Midnight Sun. During her career of more than two decades, she has recorded several solo albums and toured three continents singing in French, Italian and Spanish.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Lia Block (born January 3, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is the author of many young adult books, most famously the Weetzie Bat series. Block wrote her first book, Weetzie Bat, while a student at UC Berkeley; it was published in 1989 by Harper Collins. She is known for her use of imagery, especially in describing the city of Los Angeles. One New York Times Book Review critic said, "Block writes about the real Los Angeles better than anyone since Raymond Chandler."
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Martinez (born 1979) is an English stand-up comedian.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Martinez is a model, actress, dancer and singer. She starred in “On The Road” in Italy, Spain and Florida. She was born in Varese, Lombardy, Italy, on December 24, 1980. She is popular internationally for her photo spread in Fox Magazine (Fox Uomo, May 2005).
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Piccinini (born January 10, 1979 in Pietrasanta) is a female volleyball player who represented Italy twice (2000 and 2004) at the Summer Olympics. She was a member of the Women's National Team that won the gold medal at the 2002 World Championship in Germany. She made her debut for Italy on 1995-06-10 against the United States.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Simon (born 1955) is the Anglo-American author of the popular Horrid Henry series of children's books. Born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised mostly in California, she attended Yale and Oxford Universities. She then moved to Tufnell Park in Islington, north London, where she now resides.

Francesca Simon has one husband and one son and a Tibetan Spaniel. She loves reading Victorian novels especially Anthony Trollope. When she is not writing books she does theatre and restaurant reviews.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Archigubi (Rome, May 16, 1961) is an awarded Italian film director and script writer.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Bertini (born Elena Seracini Vitiello; April 11, 1892 - October 13, 1985) was an Italian silent film actress. She was one of the most successful silent film stars in the first quarter of the twentieth-century.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Caccini (September 18, 1587 – c. 1640) was an Italian composer, singer, lutenist, poet, and music teacher of the early Baroque era. She was the daughter of Giulio Caccini, and was probably the most famous and influential female European composer, in any genre, between Hildegard of Bingen in the 12th century and the 19th century. Her opera, La liberazione di Ruggiero, was the first opera by a woman composer.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Chiara Casellati is the singer and songwriter of the Italian band The LoveCrave.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Ciardi is an Italian film actress. She was one of four actors whom the Italian police believed had been murdered in the making of the 1980 horror film Cannibal Holocaust. So realistic was the film that shortly after it was released its director Ruggero Deodato was arrested for murder. The actors had signed contracts to stay out of the media for a year in order to fuel rumours that the film was a snuff movie. The court was only convinced that they were alive when the contracts were cancelled and the actors appeared on a television show as proof.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Cuzzoni (2 April 1696 – 19 June 1778), was an Italian operatic soprano of the Baroque era.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Lo Schiavo is an Academy-Award winning Italian art and set director.

She has been nominated for an Academy Award seven times, and is married to Dante Ferretti, a fellow art director. The movies which she has been nominated for are:

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989), Nominated
Hamlet (1990), Nominated
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Nominated
Kundun (1997), Nominated
Gangs of New York (2002), Nominated
The Aviator (2004), Won
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2008), Won
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Martinez is a model, actress, dancer and singer. She starred in “On The Road” in Italy, Spain and Florida. She was born in Varese, Lombardy, Italy, on December 24, 1980. She is popular internationally for her photo spread in Fox Magazine (Fox Uomo, May 2005).
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Kitten Natividad (born Francesca Isabel Natividad on February 14, 1948) is a Mexican American film actress and exotic dancer, noted for her 44-inch chest and appearances in cult films by her ex-partner, director Russ Meyer.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Neri (born February 10, 1964) is an Italian actress. Neri was born in Trento, she has twice received the Silver Ribbon Award for Best Actress from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, for Pensavo fosse amore invece era un calesse, directed by Massimo Troisi (1991) and Carne trémula (Live Flesh) (1997).

She has also received three nominations for the David di Donatello Award (Italy's equivalent of the Oscar), as Best Actress in Dolce rumore della vita II and Io amo Andrea (both 1999) and as Best Supporting Actress for La felicità non costa niente (2003).

Other notable films include her three films in Spain: Live Flesh (1997, by Pedro Almodóvar , ¡Dispara! (Outrage, 1993, by Carlos Saura), both with her own voice speaking Spanish, and polemi sex drama film Las edades de Lulú (film) (The Ages of Lulu, 1990, by Bigas Luna, where she's dubbed into Spanish).

After years of highly acclaimed work in Europe, she first received widespread notice in America when she played the role of Allegra, wife of the Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi in the Hollywood blockbuster, Hannibal in 2001. In 2002, she played Colombian wife of Claudio Perrini, and co-starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Collateral Damage.

Neri has one son, Rocco, with actor Claudio Amendola.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Rettondini (born March 7, 1971) is an Italian actress and supermodel. She is most notably known for her screen role as the seductively beautiful Italian singer Francesca in the 2002 horror/thriller movie Ghost Ship, directed by Steve Beck. Ghost Ship was Francesca Rettondini's debut into American cinema, having previously appeared in only Italian films. Though her part was very limited in the story line, Francesca is best remembered in the film Ghost Ship due to her very erotic nude scenes for which she is famous for back home in her native Italy.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Franziska Scanagatta (also called Francesca Scanagatta) was an Italian woman who disguised herself as a man in order to attend the Austria's Military Academy in 1794. She received an ensign's commission in 1797. She served during the French Revolution and was promoted to lieutenant in 1800. In 1801 she left the army undiscovered and was granted the pension by Kaiser Franz II when he learned of her story.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Schiavone (born June 23, 1980, Milan) is a professional tennis player from Italy. She turned professional in 1998. Her career high ranking is #11, achieved on January 30, 2006. Schiavone was the finalist in the Women's Doubles competition at the 2008 French Open.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Francesca Segat (born January 21, 1983 in Vittorio Veneto, Treviso) is a butterfly swimmer from Italy, who won the silver medal in the 200m Butterfly at the European SC Championships 2003.

Francesca Segat also won the silver medal at the World SC Championship in Shangay in 2006 in the 200m butterfly with the time of 2:05.91 and the silver medal at the European Championship 2006 in Budapest in the same distance in 2:08.96.

She resides in Rome, and is trained by Andrea Palloni and Claudio Rossetto.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) is best known for black-and-white pictures of herself and of female models, which still draws new fans. Many of her photographs show young women nude, blurred (due to movement and long exposure times), merging with their surroundings, or with their faces obscured. Years after her suicide at the age of 22, her photographic works became the subject of much attention, including many exhibitions and books.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
I think that this is a beautiful name. If I had a daughter this would most likely be her name. Francesca is very cheerful and classy.
-- KayeKiLa  8/12/2008
Francesca, Francesca, the name's a delight!
http://www.accone.com/weblog/2006/11/whats_in_a_name.html
-- blaaarg  9/20/2008
My name is Frances and I used to always wish my mother had named me Francesca. :)
-- Mondays Child  12/15/2008
I LOVE this name! But I would only use it as a middle name because otherwise the child would be called "Franny" or "Fran". I think it would make a very nice middle name though. Sounds very Italian, girly, reminds me of the color pink, it also sounds ethnic, and classic. I think I might name my future daughter something with the middle name Francesca. I love the "chess-ca" sound in it!
-- Anonymous User  6/3/2009
Pretty name.
-- Anonymous User  6/3/2009
Zsa Zsa Gabor has a daughter named Francesca by her second husband, Conrad Hilton. Francesca Hilton is also the great-aunt of Paris and Nicky Hilton.
-- bananarama  7/9/2009
Francesca Battistelli is a Christian singer-songwriter most notable for her songs "Free to Be Me," "I'm Letting Go," and "Beautiful, Beautiful."
-- Jesussaves7193  4/14/2010
Piero della Francesca was a famous Italian painter during the time of the Renaissance. Very famous for his work in Florence, he also worked in Rome and a few other Italian cities. Considered a painter extremely skilled in perspective, he was also a wonderful writer and genius mathematician. A rumor spread that the cause for this switch to pursuits other than paintings could have been the result of failing eyesight, unfortunately. Birthplace is unknown, but thought to be born around 1420, and died in 1492.
-- Francesca  4/25/2010
Though Francesca is an obviously beautiful name. It can also be very unattractive. The most common tease is being called "Franklin" or "Frankenstein." Cesca/Cessie/Fran/Frannie/Fan/Fanny/Frenchie/etc are very unsightly nicknames, as well. Frankie I do actually like. But here we go again to the "Franklin/Frankenstein" insult.

I've dealt with teasing problems all my life, so I know how to fire it back at them or to just completely tune it out.

I consider it very overused, or at least beginning to become overused.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2010
I just love this name! It's so sweet and ladylike. It reminds me of roses and shy girls with red hair. I hope it doesn't become too overused by the time I come to the parenting age, I'd love to name a little girl Francesca Bethany!
-- EchoSketcher  11/5/2010
There are certain names from different parts of the world that simply do not suit someone who is not of the ethnicity and has a pairing last name... Italian is one of those. If you are not Italian, it simply will not fit... hugely ethnic.
Such as: Francesca Worthington. No. You need a name along the lines of: Francesca Giovannelli. Francesca Bocelli. Francesca Canalito. Francesca Rovigatti. Francesca Silvestri. Francesca Vaccaro.

That goes along with German names, Russian, and Greek (among others). A Wolfgang Perrison? No. An Ekaterina White? No. Dietrich Keysin? No. Konstantinos Cooper? No, ma'am. Konstantinos Serantakos? Yes, sir. Wolfgang Gottlieb? Indeed. Dietrich Spielberg? Quite. Ekaterina Fyodorov. Yes.

Your ethnicity is beautiful. I believe people need to connect more with their own, instead of adopting another. Simply my thoughts.

... My dear bella, above. Please reconsider Francesca "Betheny". If you truly feel the need to use the name, try the Italian form of Elizabeth: Elisabetta, perhaps?
-- Anonymous User  11/23/2010
I respectfully disagree. You are being too general when you say that Russian, Greek and Italian names don't work in English. Francesca is widely recognised in the English speaking world because of a number of famous Francescas. It is not considered strange; any English person will easily pronounce this as 'fran-CHES-kah'. Francesca Worthington sounds fine to me. I can see how it might seem weird, seeing as the 'ce' wouldn't usually be pronounced 'cheh' but this name is an exception.
My name (Asuka - that's pronounced 'AHS-KAH') would probably look and sound quite 'out there' if I wasn't of the ethnicity and didn't have a surname that matched, but I know foreign names that contain elements commonly found in English names work just fine.
Consider the Italian name Lia. Lia Worthington, Lia Thomson, Lia Smith. That works. Why? Because to an English speaker, it is a variant of Leah - and one that won't be pronounced LAY-ah.
Caterina also works. Looks like Catrina, and Catherine - two familiar English names.
Now consider the Russian name Alisa. Alisa Worthington. Pretty! This works because it resembles English names like Lisa, Alicia and Alison.
And try Timothea, a Greek name. Looks like Timothy, so it works.
Most English-speaking parents are not going to go totally out there and name their child Yorgos or Wolfgang, you know. They just seek something that's easy to say and resembles English names but still has the charm of another country within it. Obviously Italian names like Ezio, Cesare and Durante won't work with English surnames because they don't agree with English phonetics, but Lia and Caterina are just fine. And English speakers seem to be able to put aside the urge to pronounce 'ce' as 'seh' solely for the name Francesca, so it's fine.

Personally, I think this name has quite a classic sound but I can't really imagine it on a little girl. And I hate the nickname Fran. But I like the nicknames Cesca and Chessie.
-- ListenToAsuka  10/27/2011
Also used in the UK.
-- littlescarlett  3/21/2011
I've gotten called Fran-CHEST-Ca before... and if you didn't catch the definition: a tease suitable for both small and large chested females.
-- Anonymous User  6/23/2011
This name is so pretty.
-- sunflowergirl  7/15/2011
My name is Francesca Earth. I love it. Francesca means 'free', so my name is 'Free Earth' (which isn't surprising considering I have hippie parents). I used to get called Frannie, and I hated it. I still do. I get called Frankie and Franka by some people, which I don't mind. But for a few years now people have called me Free - I've gotta say it makes me happy. If you're having a girl, call her Francesca. It's such a great name. Oh and give her a cool middle name too..
-- free182  12/12/2011
Find it a bit masculine--it's taken from Francis, which I do like. I don't care for female names that are just distaff counterparts.
-- Anonymous User  1/2/2012
Francesca Eastwood is the daughter of American actor/director Clint Eastwood.
-- Anonymous User  1/5/2012
This name is just... okay, I guess. Not a big favourite, but people always say it doesn't work on a pale-skinned, light-haired girl. I disagree, because I can easily imagine a pretty blonde Francesca.
-- the_awesome_elf  3/2/2012
My first name is Francesca and I think it is a beautiful name. If my name wasn't Francesca, I would name my daughter it. My mom never liked Franny, Fran, or Frankie. Everyone always called me Cheska or Chesk.
Now everyone calls me Chess! I am Italian :) But I believe it is a pretty name!
-- Francesca_Marie  3/5/2012
Francesca is also a Catalan name, a feminine form of Francesc. [noted -ed]
-- overtheclouds  8/25/2012
In Britain we say it fran-CHES-kə. It's reasonably popular.
-- AnastasiaE  10/12/2012
This is my friend's name, she gets a lot of compliments on it. She goes by Frankie, but I call her Frannie sometimes, only because she hates it :P and she's Italian, so it works. But I disagree that this should only be used if you're Italian, I don't really think it matters, unlike Sophia and Isabella, which are overused and make parents sound like they're desperately trying to be Italian.
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2013
Francesca is also a fairly common name in the UK. According to one of my name books (Llewellyn's Complete Book of Names by K. M. Sheard) Francesca was originally introduced to the UK by the 1945 British film The Seventh Veil, in which the heroine is called Francesca Cunningham. It's usually pronounced fran-CHES-kə here, which is an approximation of how it is said in Italian.
-- overtheclouds  2/21/2013
Some rude and snobby girl called Francesca who keeps bragging that she is 25% Irish and 75% italian ruined this name for me. But I love it. Even the Italian pronunciation. It is beautiful.
-- MeinNameIstMelissa  5/24/2013
-- MeinNameIstMelissa 5/24/2013

I must agree with you, Melissa. The name is ruined for me, as well. Not to mention a particular book character from the Josefina American Girl series, of whom I held a sort of dislike for.

All in all, I am not fond of this name. It sounds slightly pretentious, at least in the midst of the common, dull names of the US. (No offence).
-- Strangak  6/15/2013
Also used in the UK and America.
-- littlescarlett  9/15/2013
This was also a common spelling of the name Francis for Portuguese and Galicians. It was very common among Galician and Portuguese women in the 16th century.
-- Byzantinia  10/26/2014

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