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Gender: M Meaning of Francis: "Frenchman or free man" Origin of Francis: Latin Francis's Popularity in 2015: #482

Since this was the name chosen by the current Roman Catholic pope, Francis has come into the spotlight.

The name, which was in the Top 10 at the turn of the last century, has been pretty much confined to Irish and Italian Catholics -- think F. (Francis) Scott Fitzgerald, Francis Albert Sinatra, Francis Ford Coppola -- for decades, and still has a somewhat starchy feel. But with its similarity to the increasingly popular female Frances, and its recent newsworthiness, we can see it making a possible comeback beyond those worlds. And in fact, the name has risen about 200 places in the charts since its all-time low of 680 in 2009.

Animal-loving parents might be inspired by the connection to Saint Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni), who was said to be able to communicate with animals and was made the patron saint of ecology. Another Francis, Saint Francis de Sales, is the patron saint of writers and editors.

Famous People Named Francis

Pope Francis, the current pope
Saint Francis of Assisi
Francis Albert Sinatra, birth name of singer/actor Frank Sinatra
Francis Scott Fitzgerald, American author
Francis Scott Key, writer of the U.S. National Anthem
Francis II, King of France and spouse of Mary Queen of Scotts
Francis Fukuyama, American political scientist
Francis Taylor, American art dealer; father of Elizabeth Taylor
Francis Harper, birth name of American actor Hill Harper
Francis Jameson Parker Jr., birth name of actor Jameson Parker
Francis Bouillon, American hockey player
Sir Francis Galton, renowned English polymath
Francis William Aston, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Francis Crick, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
Francis Peyton Rous, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Francis "Coyote" Shivers, Canadian musician/actor

Pop Culture References for the name Francis

Francis Abernathy, character in Donna Tartt's "The Secret History"
Francis Jonathan (b. 2009), son of Ashley Jensen
Francis Bonnefoy, personification of France in "Axis Powers: Hetalia"
Francis Dolarhyde, antagonist of the book/movie "Red Dragon"
Francis, Malcolm's oldest brother in "Malcolm in the Middle"
Francis Gage, character on TV show "Walker, Texas Ranger"
Francis II, prince of France on the TV series "Reign" played by Toby Regbo
Francis Underwood, character on TV show "House of Cards"
Francis Hammond, character in G. A. Henty's, The Lion of St. Mark

Frannie, Fran, Frank, Frankie, Franky, Franko, Frann, Feri

Francis's International Variations

Paquito, Panchito, Quito, Farruco, Curro, Pancho, Chito, Curito, Chico, Chilo, Chicho, Frasco, Francilo, Paco, Francisco, Cisco, Pacorra, Frascuelo (Spanish) Franciszk, Franc (Slavic) Ferke, Ferenc, Ferko (Hungarian) François, Franchot (French) Frantz (Danish) Proinsias (Irish) Franz, Franzl, Franken, Franzen (German) Franciscus (Dutch) Francesco, Franco (Italian) Fransen, Frans (Scandinavian) Franio, Franus (Polish)