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Gender: F Meaning of Francine: "from France or free man" Origin of Francine: French diminutive pet form of Francoise

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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.

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Famous People Named Francine

Francine Drescher, American actress
Francine Racette, French-Canadian actress, wife of actor Donald Sutherland
Francine Rivers, American novelist
Francine Lewis, comedian
Francine Reed, American singer
Francine Locke, American Actress
Francine Tacker, American actress
Francine Pascal, American author
Francine Jordi Wien, Swiss pop singer
Francine Hurd Barker, "Peaches" in the vocal duo "Peaches & Herb"
Francine Gottfried, dubbed "Wall Street's Sweater Girl" as her curvaceous figure was the sole reason that crowds formed spontaneously around her as she walked to work in the Financial District; beginning the feminist movement in New York City (1968)
Francine du Plessix Gray, world renown Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and literary critic.
Francine Boucher, lead vocalist in the gothic metal band, Echoes of Eternity
Francine Pelletier, Canadian science fiction author, winner of the Prix Aurora Award
Francine Zaslow, famous American still-life photographer
Dr. Francine Shapiro discovered EMDR a therapy used to heal traumatic stress
Francine Farkas Sears, Award winning designer
Francine York, American Actress and Model
Francine Maisler, American casting director

Pop Culture References for the Name Francine

Francine, a ZZ Top song
Francine "Fran" Fine Sheffield, main character on The Nanny
Francine Hanson, character on Mad Men
Francine Jones, mother of Martha Jones, one of the 10th Doctor's companions on Doctor Who
Francine Evans, protagonist of the 1977 film "New York, New York", played by Liza Minelli
Francine Glatt, from the movie "In the Mood"
Francine, in short film Paris, je t' aime (Paris I Love You) played by Natalie Portman
Francine "Francie" Calfo, and doppelganger Allison on "Alias" portrayed by Merrin Dungey

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