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Gender: F Meaning of Frances: "from France or free man" Origin of Frances: Latin Frances's Popularity in 2013: #693

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Frances, a soft and gentle classic, last popular a hundred years ago, seems to be on the cusp of a possible revival, along with other such neglected quiet and serious names. It's been chosen in recent years by such stylish parents as Kate Spade and Amanda Peet (who nicknamed her daughter the spunky Frankie).

Frances was a favorite of the Tudor aristocracy after being given to Henry VII's granddaughter. Until the seventeenth century, the spellings Frances and Francis were used interchangeably for both sexes. St. Frances (Mother) Cabrini was the first American citizen to be canonized.

Someof the best known pop culture bearers of the name were known by diminutives--the Franny of J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey, Francie in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Frankie in A Member of the Wedding, Baby in Dirty Dancing and Gidget in Gidget. Traditional nickname Fran feels a bit bland and Fanny, though possessing some eighteenth century charm, is still considered rude in Britain if not so much in the U.S.

Frances is the endearing badger in the childhood favorite Bedtime for Frances and other Frances books.

Among well known bearers are Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor in the Roosevelt era, actresses McDormand, Dee, Farmer and Fisher, journalist Fitzgerald, and writers Burney and Hodgson Burnett.

Frances was the abandoned first name of Judy Garland, Dinah Shore and Dale Evans.

Some attractive foreign versions are the increasingly popular Francesca, Francoise, Franca, Fanya and Francine.

There has been some speculation that the naming of Pope Francis could have some ancillary effect on the popularity of sister name Frances.

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Famous People Named Frances

Saint Frances of Rome, Italian mystic and oblate
Frances Ethel Gumm, birth name of American actress Judy Garland
Fannie Coralie "Frances" Perkins, U.S. Secretary of Labor, first woman cabinet member
Frances Clara Folsom Cleveland Preston, U.S. First Lady as wife of President Grover Cleveland
Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love
Frances Louise McDormand, American actress
Frances FitzGerald, American journalist and author
Frances Scott "Scottie" Fitzgerald, American journalist, daughter of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald
Frances Joan Davidson, Viscountess Davidson , English MP
Frances Newton, Lady Cobham, Lady of the Bedchamber to England's Queen Elizabeth I
Frances Radclyffe, Countess of Sussex, Lady of the Bedchamber to England's Queen Elizabeth I
Frances Teresa Stewart, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox aka La Belle Stuart, model of Britannia
Frances Anne Vane, Viscountess Vane, English memoirist
Frances Mayes, American novelist
Frances Elena Farmer, American actress
Frances Ann O'Connor, Australian actress
Frances Hardman Conroy, American actress
Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard, American suffragist
Frances Marie Burke, Miss America 1940
Frances Black, Irish singer
Frances Burney, English novelist
Frances Hodgson Burnett, English children's novelist
Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk, mother of Lady Jane Grey
Eleanor Frances Callier, American actress
Frances "Fanny" Nelson, Viscountess Nelson, wife of Admiral Horatio Nelson
Frances Pen "Frankie" Benioff, daughter of actress Amanda Peet
Frances McKee, Scottish musician of band The Vaselines
Frances Hussey Sternhagan, American actress
Diana Frances Spencer, birth name of Diana, Princess of Wales
Frances Griffiths, English photographer of the Cottingley Fairies
Frances Yip, Hong Kong pop singer
Frances Custis (1753-'57), child of Daniel Custis & Martha Washington
Frances Cole Fallon (b. 2014), Jimmy Fallon's daughter

Pop Culture References for the Name Frances

Frances "Frankie" Heck, character on TV's 'The Middle'
Frances "Frankie," character in animated series "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends"
Frances 'Frankie' Addams, character in Carson McCullers' "The Member of the Wedding"
Frances Hindley, character in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"
Frances Midford, character from the anime/manga Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler
Frances "Frankie" Almond Smith, character in movie "The Hole"
Frances Halladay, main character in movie "Frances Ha" (2013)
Bedtime for Frances, children's book series by Russell Hoban about Frances the Badger
Frances "Baby" Houseman, character in movie "Dirty Dancing"
Frances, character in the anime "Sonic X"
Frances "Franny" Glass, character in J.D. Salinger's "Franny and Zooey"

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Frances's International Variations

Franette, Fanchon, Francine, Françoise (French) Ziska, Franziska (German) Proinséas (Irish Gaelic) Francesca, Franca (Italian) Franka (Russian) Fanya (Slavic) Paquita, Francisca (Spanish)