I like Frances for a girl. Francis is okay on a boy.
― Anonymous User  11/2/2020
Good strong, dignified, masculine name. Makes me think of Sir Francis Drake. Frank is also a good simple, straightforward diminutive of the name.
BluebirdsCCFC  10/17/2020
Francis is definitely a masculine name, Frances is the feminine version.
place-in-space  9/20/2020
I see some sort of a PATTERN with the names related to FRANCIS being used in English-speaking Countries:

FRANCIS is PRIMARILY used on BOYS and Frances is PRIMARILY used on GIRLS.
FRANCIS is SOMETIMES used on GIRLS but it's NOT very common.

Following a similar style, FRANCISCO is a POPULAR name for BOYS and FRANCESCA is POPULAR for GIRLS from the 70s onwards.
FRANCISCA is also used in the USA until it stopped using mainly in the 50s.
FRANCESCO is NOT a popular name in the USA.
Teddy01  8/14/2020
Francis Wayland Thurston is the narrator of "The Call of Cthulhu", a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. He compiles a manuscript on Cthulhu and its cult based on an old newspaper entry and the papers of his great-uncle.
― Anonymous User  8/6/2020
This name is far from dated and will probably make a comeback in the near future as most names, that were once popular, often do.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2020
Seems kind of dated and I dislike this spelling for girls.
someone-  7/4/2020
Francis and other variations of this name have a personal appeal because they remind me of my late grandfather who, sadly, passed away this January at the ripe old age of ninety-eight. Anyway, I'm getting off topic here, Francis is a name that I have added to my list of possible baby names for a future son I may have.
― Anonymous User  4/13/2020
I really don't know why? But I have always kinda digged this name since I am a certified sucker for rare or barely used names. Francis definitely takes the cake in my opinion.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2020
I like this name a lot and it does have a nice sound to it. I personally don't see it as outdated, though granted, not exactly common nor fashionable. Still, it does have a history backing it so I guess this name is A-okay in my eyes.
― Anonymous User  2/18/2020
I dislike it. (kind of outdated)
nylonpanda  12/15/2019
In the very last sentence of this entry, it is basically implied that it is only in the English-speaking world that Francis is used for girls:

"In the English-speaking world this name is occasionally used for girls." [noted -ed]

This is actually not the case! In the Dutch-speaking world, Francis is unisex, but much more commonly encountered on women than on men. In the Netherlands, that is - in Belgium, the name is more commonly seen on men than on women. The available statistics for the Netherlands kind of match my personal experience as well: I (a Dutchwoman) have never met a male Francis in my life, but I did have a female classmate named Francis when I was in secondary school back in the early 2000s.

For Dutch women, the name started out as a short form of Francisca, whilst for Dutch men, Francis began as a short form of Franciscus. It was what people went by in daily life because the name on their birth certificate (in this case Francisca or Franciscus) was too cumbersome or formal, which is typical for Dutch naming culture. The name Francis has since become used as an independent name on its own, so a male or female Francis in Belgium and the Netherlands today will no longer automatically have Franciscus or Francisca on their birth certificate.

The best known female Dutch bearer is probably the former professional darts player Francis Hoenselaar (b. 1965), whose birth name is of course Francisca: (in English)

For more information, please see:

- (in Dutch; use DeepL Translator or Google Translate if necessary)
- prevalence of Francis on birth certificates in the Netherlands in 2014 (of all ages): (in Dutch)
- prevalence of Francis on birth certificates in Belgium in 2009 (of all ages):
• boys/men: (in Dutch)
• girls/women: (in Dutch)
- (general): (lists only bearers living in Belgium) (lists only bearers living in the Netherlands)
- Belgium:
- Netherlands:
Lucille  9/22/2019
Francis "Frank" Simcoe was the son of Toronto founding father John Graves Simcoe and one of our subway stations, Castle Frank, is named after him. Or rather the house that the Simcoes lived in was called Castle Frank and the station is named after the house. But still, it is named after him.
picajay  5/8/2019
I wouldn't use it because I'm French-English bilingual in Canada so I think of "français" which is French for French. Plus, it doesn't have a good meaning. However, it is a nice sounding name with good associations and I like it.
picajay  5/8/2019
I personally think that Francis is not a very common name as it used to be here in the USA. I think Francis sounds very charming to my ears, but I do understand where some might show a reluctance on selecting this name for use on their future
progeny. It may appear feminine in sound and spelling to some while to others it is simply fine in its masculine category. To each their own. Have a pleasant day!
― Anonymous User  1/9/2019
In 2018, 84 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Francis* who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 1, 524th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.

*See Frances for the more common spelling for women.
― Anonymous User  10/12/2018
In 2018, 59 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Francis who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 338th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
Famous bearers include:

Francis was the oldest brother from the sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle.”

The bully from “The Fairly Oddparents” was also named Francis.

The “Recess” character Hustler Kid’s real name was this as well.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2018
King Francis of France. He died of an ear infection. Married to Mary the Queen Of Scots for less than a year before he died.
― Anonymous User  4/16/2018
This name is okay for guys, but I dislike it for girls.
― Anonymous User  8/26/2017
Francis "Coyote" Shivers is a Canadian musician and actor. Shivers co-produced the first single for the band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. The B-side to that single, "Having an Average Weekend," became the theme to the television show The Kids in the Hall. He also co-produced the band's first two albums.
cutenose  6/11/2017
Francis Maxwell grew up in a small town named Clydebank, on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Francis juggled playing professional soccer whilst studying acting at Edinburgh College, from which he obtained a HNC qualification in the art. In 2010 he moved to Los Angeles after securing a place at Whittier College to study sociology and film, graduating in 2014, and since has gone on to pursue acting full time.
cutenose  5/10/2017
Francis Magundayao is a Filipino actor and commercial model. He was first known as Iking in the series, Darna. He is also known for portraying young Travis in Sana Maulit Muli, Paco in the May Bukas Pa, Adrian in Aryana.
cutenose  1/29/2017
As a (rather feminine!) boy whose name is Francis, I have to emphasize that Frances is the name for girls— only because that's the only way some people will even recognize I'm a guy, that I have the masculine version of the name!
Snnail  9/1/2016
"Francis" is masculine, while "Frances" is feminine.
Eileen1209864  7/3/2016
The name Francis was given to 63 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
My son's name is Francis and he is a very smart boy and a beautiful little guy. His great grandma and his grandma and his grandpa and his father are all named Francis. I love the name Francis.
klayton love  2/2/2016
Nice name. I like the association with Francis Scott Key (to whom I'm apparently distantly related), but I don't think I'd use it on one of my kids if I ever have any. I still think it's a nice, strong name. Just not my cup of tea.
Morgan1599  11/30/2015
The name of the French people in itself derives from the name of the Franks, a Germanic tribe who invaded Gaul and merged with the Gallo-Roman population. They had many different names and the name "Franks" was given to them by the Latin speaking inhabitants of Gaul, from "Francus", "free man" (Latin).
Lupiot  8/29/2015
Two prominent characters in Marvel Comics and adaptations have this as their middle name:

Charles Francis Xavier aka Professor X
Clinton Francis "Clint" Barton aka Hawkeye.
Feorsteorra  7/10/2015
Frank Sinatra:) Francis Albert.
LV51sfan91  6/24/2015
In Latvia FRANCIS is a masculine name. Name day on 4th october.
Elux  1/23/2015
The full first name of the author and teacher Frank McCourt who wrote about his life growing up in Ireland, moving to America, and teaching in the NYC public school system. His three books are Angela's Ashes, 'Tis, and Teacher Man.
TheSalmon2550  1/19/2015
I agree with others that, by convention, "Francis" is male and "Frances" is female. I had a male friend named, "Francis," and he would quip, "Dot that 'i'," to emphasize his name was the masculine form.
DianaGale  11/7/2014
Gen. Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion was a famous officer in the Revolutionary War. For decades afterward — as evidenced in the U.S. censuses — many a young male was named Francis Marion. If you see a male named Francis M., you can bet the middle name is Marion.
DianaGale  11/7/2014
The name Francis is incredibly sexy, hot, classy, sophisticated, elegant, masculine and handsome for a guy! :D.
― Anonymous User  10/21/2014
Francis Underwood, usually called Frank, is the main character in the Netflix series "House of Cards", portrayed by Kevin Spacey. He is known to give monologues that break the fourth wall (where he speaks directly to the viewer) and for being a ruthless American politician willing to do anything to gain power.
spaz123  7/17/2014
I like this name as an official legal name better than Frank, because it's a saint's name. Francis should be the full name, Frank the nickname.
nametoad  6/29/2014
Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio), 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church.
― Anonymous User  4/27/2014
Only a lunatic would give this name to a girl...
angolmois  9/19/2013
The name Francis was given to 43 baby girls born in the US in 2012. I prefer this spelling for a boy.
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
Irish theatre actor Fra Fee is actually named Francis Fee.
Sharley  3/29/2013
The new Pope, Francis I, was elected on March 13, 2013. He was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At his election he named himself after St. Francis of Assisi.
El is a Beth  3/15/2013
Seems to me that people confuse Francis with France. In French, Francis is a masculine name. It is almost never used as a name for females. France (not spelled with an s) on the other hand is a unisex name used for both male and female.
Blacklotus30  11/3/2012
Francis (1481-1481) was the youngest son of Maximilian I (Holy Roman Emperor) and his wife Mary of Burgundy. He died in infancy.
CarolinW  6/6/2012
Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey (1781-1841) was an English sculptor.
― Anonymous User  12/4/2011
Francis Bird (1667-1731) was an English sculptor.
― Anonymous User  9/18/2011
Francis Barlow (1626-1704) was an English painter and draughtsman, mainly of animal subjects, known as 'the father of British sporting painting'.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2011
Meaning is also Free.
bealacomb  7/23/2011
I hadn't known before, but my grandpa's name is Francis and he was made fun of when he was little for having a "girl name" so he made people call him Frank.
Liesl  12/25/2010
Francis is the name of an anime/manga character in the series Hetalia Axis Powers. He personifies the country France and his full name is Francis Bonnefoy.
Cynder  10/7/2010
Francis York Morgan. Deadly Premonition's charming and charismatic FBI agent.
― Anonymous User  8/5/2010
Francis, from the game "Left 4 Dead." From now on, every time I hear the name Francis, I'll get the image of a badass biker, and I'm not saying that as a bad thing. :)
― Anonymous User  8/4/2010
The name Francis in Catalan is Francesc, and I think that you should include this variant in the list of Catalan names. [noted -ed]
paula_vm  7/12/2009
This is a family name for me, for both boys and girls. All the girls are called Frankie. I think it's a great name.
emmy9612  9/3/2008
Historically, the name of Ben Franklin's middle child, who died of smallpox at age four. Fictionally, the name used by the family of Father John Francis Patrick Mulcahy in the TV show M*A*S*H (in other words, growing up, the chaplain went by the name Francis Mulcahy, even though his first name was John).
Atarah Derek  5/21/2008
I'm not a huge fan of the name Francis on either sex. But I think the nickname Frankie is cute on a girl.
pandasayscynical  12/26/2007
I know everyone says Francis is masculine and Frances is feminine, but I see Francis as being either. My Great-Grandmother was named Mary Francis, so for me Francis can go either way.
― Anonymous User  11/15/2007
Francis is the middle name of a really good friend of mine. I'm not a huge fan of the name Francis, and he absolutely hates his middle name, but I like the flow of it.
Spartz7  10/11/2007
Francis Gage, who hated his first name, was a Texas Ranger on the television show "Walker, Texas Ranger." He was played by Judson Mills, who also played Alexander "Hutch" Hutchinson on one of the soaps (I don't recall which).
Nicola17  9/29/2007
Francis is masculine, Frances and Francine are feminine. Keep this spelling for the boys.
― Anonymous User  8/11/2007
I find it very weird that there are females with this for a name. Just somehow not right to me. Ah well.
Alchemist  5/1/2007
Another famous saint that went by the name Franics was Saint Francis de Sales. He was a 16th century saint and bishop of Geneva.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2007
Francis sounds rather feminine to me. When I try to think of a guy named this all I can see is the Whiny little boy from Swiss Family Robinson. Sorry. :(
― Anonymous User  3/3/2007
It's more like a feminine name to me. I like it very much.
FrancisRobyn  2/23/2007
Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" after the bombardment of Fort McHenry, during the war of 1812. The orinigal poem was changed into a song and was adopted as the American national anthem on March 3, 1931.
legna88  1/22/2007
The F. in RFK is Francis. Robert Francis Kennedy was a noted US politician, who served as Attorney General under his brother, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and would later serve the state of New York as senator from 1964 until 1968. Like his brother, he too fell to an assassin's bullet and died while running in the Democratic primary for President in 1968, mere moments after winning the key state of California.
― Anonymous User  1/3/2007
It's okay, I guess. I think Francis is the boy spelling and Frances is the girl spelling, personally.
xKatiex  10/29/2006
A famous Mexican drag queen makes him/herself be called "Francis".
frangg23  10/10/2006
FRANCIS is a masculine name. The feminine form is FRANCES.
― Anonymous User  9/2/2006
Francis is one of Malcolm's brothers in the show Malcolm in the Middle.
wefrox  8/2/2006
Francis Bean is Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain's daughter's name.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2006
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love did not name their daughter 'Francis' - they named her Frances.
vomiting  1/30/2009
The name Francis comes from the same word for 'French man' but this comes from the fact that 'France' was so called as being 'Free Land', therefore Francis in turn means 'Free Man'or 'The Free'.
fnewman  2/23/2006
Francis Bacon, English philosopher and writer.
Francis Bacon, English painter born in Ireland.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2006
Francis Dolarhyde is a fictional character featured in Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon. He is a serial killer nicknamed "The Tooth Fairy".
― Anonymous User  12/23/2005
Francis is the birth name of Frank Sinatra.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2005
Francis Albert Sinatra. Ol' Blue Eyes was born today, December 12th, 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey. His unfortunate death was May 14th, 1998, due to some different health problems. "That's Life." His legacy and love will forever live on.

Happy Birthday, Frank.
Francesca  12/12/2010
Francis is the F. in the author F. Scott Fitzgerald's name.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
Film director Francis Ford Coppola is a famous bearer of this name.
― Anonymous User  12/18/2005
One famous bearer of this name is Francis the Mule, star of several films in the 50s. The creator of the concept of Francis the Mule went on to create, unsurprisingly, the TV show Mr. Ed.
WeloveyouJesseLacey  11/11/2005
Brooke Shields used it as a middle name for her daughter, Rowan Francis. She named her after her father Francis Alexander Shields "Frank", who died shortly before Rowan was born.
― Anonymous User  4/13/2005
Since this name means Frenchman, it can be traced back to mean free. France is named after the Franks, which means free in the Frankish language.
Phantom  4/9/2005

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