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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 2013: #424

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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 its country of origin, where it's in the Italian Top 15, at Number 12.

Famous People Named Francesca

Francesca "Frankie" Sandford, English singer, member of "The Saturdays"
Francesca Ruth Fisher-Eastwood, American actress & socialite; daughter of Clint Eastwood
Francesca Annis, English actress
Francesca Battistelli, American musician
Francesca Woodman, American photographer
Francesca Capaldi, American child actress
Francesca Christine (b. 2008), daughter of Amy Jo Johnson
Francesca Nora (b. 2006), daughter of Jason Bateman & Amanda Anka
Francesca Natalia (b. 2000), daughter of Erik Estrada
Francesca Gregorini, Italian/American writer/director
Francesca Schiavone, Italian tennis player
Francesca, niece of actress Isabella Rossellini

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"