With the new Pope Francis, all forms of this ancient and saintly name are up for a fresh look. Along with most other -een and -ine (when pronounced like -een) names for girls, Francine has a dated midcentury Mad Men feel. While we prefer the sedate and classic Frances or the exotic Francesca, some parents are finding new appreciation for fancy Francine.
Francine was most popular in her native habitat in the 1940's, while in the U.S. she hit her peak in 1950 at Number 224. A contemporary bearer is writer Francine Prose and comic actress Fran Drescher was born Francine. There are also Francines in two animated TV series: Arthur and American Dad.