Gender Feminine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. FRAN-sis  [key·IPA]

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 [1]. A notable bearer was Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), a social worker and the first American to be canonized.

Related Names

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(Hungarian) Franca, Francesca(Italian) Francisca(Late Roman) Pranciška(Lithuanian) Franciszka(Polish) Francisca, Chica(Portuguese) Frantzisca(Sardinian) Frangag(Scottish Gaelic) Františka(Slovak) Frančiška, Francka(Slovene) Francisca, Fanny, Paca, Paquita(Spanish) Fanny(Swedish)
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People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   natural   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   simple   serious  


Sources & References

  1. Withycombe, Elizabeth Gidley. The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names. Oxford, 1945, page 54.
Entry updated February 4, 2020