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Gender: M Meaning of Franco: "Frenchman or free man" Origin of Franco: Italian variation of Francis Franco's Popularity in 2014: #817

A classic Italian name still heard in the Italo-American community. Once tainted by the association with the Spanish dictator, it's now more likely to call up actor James Franco.

The bright 'o' ending and the popularity of Pope Francis could increase the appeal of this name.

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Famous People Named Franco

Franco Harris, former American football player
Franco Nero-Italian actor, husband of Vanessa Redgrave
James Franco, American actor
Dave Franco, American actor
Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator
Franco Modigliani, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

Pop Culture References for the name Franco

Franco, James Franco's character on General Hospital