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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

Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis Xavier, Spanish cofounder of the Society of Jesus
Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva
Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio), current Pope
Francis I and II, Kings of France
Francis I (Francis Stephen) and Francis II, Holy Roman Emperors
Francis I (Francesco Gennaro Giuseppe) and Francis II (Francesco d'Assisi Maria Leopoldo), Kings of the Two Sicilies
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra, American pop singer and actor
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, American novelist
Francis Scott Key, American poet; writer of the U.S. National Anthem
Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, English philosopher and statesman
Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc, French composer
Francis Harry Compton Crick, English scientist who discovered DNA structure
Francis Ford Coppola, American film director
Francis Fukuyama, American political scientist
Francis Taylor, American art dealer; father of Elizabeth Taylor
Francis "Hill" Harper, American acto
(Francis) Jameson Parker Jr., American actor
Francis Bouillon, American hockey player
Francis Galton, English polymath
Francis Nash, American Revolutionary general
Francis William Aston, English chemist; winner of the Nobel Prize
Francis Peyton Rous, American virologist; winner of the Nobel Prize
Francis "Coyote" Shivers, Canadian musician/actor
Francis Jonathan (b. 2009), son of actress Ashley Jensen

Pop Culture References for the name Francis

Francis Abernathy, character in Donna Tartt's "The Secret History"
Francis Bonnefoy, personification of France in "Axis Powers: Hetalia"
Francis Dolarhyde, character in book/movie "Red Dragon"
Francis, Malcolm's oldest brother on TV's "Malcolm in the Middle"
Francis Gage, character on TV's "Walker, Texas Ranger"
Francis, Prince of France on TV's "Reign"
Francis "Frank" Underwood, character on TV's "House of Cards"
Francis the Talking Mule, character in several films
Francis Griffin, Peter's dad on TV's "Family Guy"
Francis Ray Ottoman, character in webcomic PvP
Francis, character in video game "Left 4 Dead"
Francis, character in movie "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over"
Francis, main cat character in "Felidae" by Akif Pirinçci
Francis, ladybug character Pixar's "A Bug's Life"
Francis Freeman, character in movie "Deadpool"
Francis "Frank" Delfino, character in "How to Get Away with Murder"

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)