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Gender: F Meaning of Francesca: "from France or free man" Origin of Francesca: Italian variation of Frances Francesca's Popularity in 2015: #428

Francesca is a lighter and much more feminine choice than the classic Frances, and one that is increasingly popular with upscale parents.

Francesca made an appearance in Dante's Inferno and then, centuries later, in the best-selling novel The Bridges of Madison County, played on screen by Meryl Streep and co-starring Clint Eastwood, who went on to name his daughter Francesca. Other dads of Francescas include Martin Scorsese, Erik Estrada, Jason Bateman and (stepdad) Ringo Starr.

Francesca is also having a big renaissance in Italy, its country of origin.

Famous People Named Francesca

Francesca "Frankie" Sandford, English singer of group The Saturdays
Francesca Ruth Fisher-Eastwood, American actress and socialite; daughter of actor Clint Eastwood
Francesca James, American actress
Francesca Annis, English actress
Francesca Battistelli, American musician
Francesca Woodman, American photographer
Francesca Capaldi, American actress
Francesca Isabella Simon, British-American children's author
Francesca Gregorini, Italian/American writer/director
Francesca Schiavone, Italian tennis player
Francesca Barracciu, Italian MEP
Francesca Neri, Italian actress
Francesca McKnight Donatella Romana Gregorini (di Savignano di Romagna), Italian-American film director, daughter of actress Barbara Bach and stepdaughter of musician Ringo Starr
Francesca Christine (b. 2008), daughter of actress Amy Jo Johnson
Francesca Nora (b. 2006), daughter of actor Jason Bateman & Amanda Anka
Francesca Natalia (b. 2000), daughter of actor Erik Estrada
Francesca, niece of actress Isabella Rossellini
Francesca Dallapé, Italian diver
Francesca "Fran" Kirby, English football player

Pop Culture References for the name Francesca

Francesca "Frankie" Alan, main character from the television series "Lip Service"
Francesca Altifiorla, dragon in "Kept in the Dark" (Anthony Trollope)
Francesca "Fancy" Monroe, from "The Jamie Foxx Show"
Francesca "Frankie" Sutton, from the movie "Set It Off"
Francesca Villante, from Australian TV soap "Neighbours"
Francesca "Frankie" Adams Foster, stillborn daughter of Stef and Lena on American TV show "The Fosters"
Francesca, a character from the novel 'Torment' (Lauren Kate)
Francesca Wolff, girlfriend of Marina Ferrer in TV series "The L Word".
Francesca "Franky" Fitzgerald from the TV show "Skins UK" (third generation)
Francesca "Frankie" Hathaway from the kids show "The Haunted Hathaways".