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Meaning & History

From a Germanic name which referred to a member of the Germanic tribe, the Franks. The Franks settled in the regions now called France and the Netherlands in the 3rd and 4th century. They derived their tribal name from the name of a type of spear that they used. From medieval times, the various forms of this name have been commonly conflated with the various forms of Francis.

The name was brought to England by the Normans. Notable bearers include author L. Frank Baum (1856-1919), architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), and singer Frank Sinatra (1915-1998).
VariantFranck French
DiminutiveFrankie English
Feminine FormsFranka German Franka Dutch
Other Languages & CulturesFranco Ancient Germanic Franco Italian
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L. Frank Baum (1911)L. Frank Baum (1911)

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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute