Namesakes

Italian Presidents and Prime Ministers: 2 prime ministers, 1 prime minister/president
(prime minister) Francesco Crispi   1887-1891; 1893-1896  
(prime minister) Francesco Saverio Nitti   1919-1920  
(prime minister/president) Francesco Cossiga   1979-1980; 1985-1992  
Notable Actors and Actresses: 1 actor
Francesco Quinn   1963-2011  
Notable Athletes: 2 rugby
(rugby) Sergio Parisse (a.k.a. Francesco)   1983-  
(rugby) Francesco Minto   1987-  
Notable Musicians: 1 composer
Francesco Cavalli   1602-1676     
Notable Philosophers and Thinkers: 1 theologian
Francis of Assisi (a.k.a. Francesco)   c. 1182-1226  
Notable Writers: 1 poet
Francesco Petrarca   1304-1374  
Olympic Medalists: 2 bronze, 1 gold, 1 gold/bronze
(bronze) Frane Katalinić (a.k.a. Francesco)   1924   rowing  
(gold) Francesco Porzio   1992   water polo  
(gold/bronze) Francesco Attolico   1992; 1996   water polo  
(bronze) Francesco Postiglione   1996   water polo  
Other Leaders: 1 prime minister
Prime Minister Francesco Buhagiar   1923-1924   Malta  
Saints: 9 saints, 4 blessed
Saint Francis of Assisi (a.k.a. Francesco)   c. 1182-1226  
Blessed Francesco Veninbeni of Fabriano   1251-1322  
Blessed Francesco Arrighetto   ?-1328  
Saint Francesco of Pesaro   ?-1350  
Saint Francesco di Paola   1416-1508  
Blessed Francesco di Calderola   ?-1507  
Saint Francesco Caracciolo   1563-1608  
Saint Francesco de Geronimo   1642-1716  
Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani   1681-1742  
Saint Francesco Bianchi   1743-1815  
Saint Francesco Maria da Camporosso   1804-1866  
Blessed Francesco Faà di Bruno   1825-1888  
Saint Francesco Fogolla   ?-1900