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  1. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    one of my dads mns is francis - i think its cool
    Last edited by bailibsmum; March 13th, 2013 at 04:31 PM.
    Dani mum to lil stunner Bailey (5) & mini minx Liberty (3)
    ↓ Future names ↓
    Kairi Peyton (contemplating 2nd middle name)
    Phoenix, Elijah, Zeke, Logan

  2. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    New England, USA
    @mischa: I know! I was thinking the same thing!
    From our ancestors come our names, but from our virtues our honors. ~ Proverb

    Caroline Pearl & Patrick Elliot, Catherine Maeve & Liam Alexander

  3. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    I think we could see an upswing, not necessarily people being named *after* the new Pope, but more because when you hear a name in the news, it can tend to grow on you. It also fits in nicely with the "old names made new" trend.

    I personally love Francis, although I prefer François, a family name for me. Alas, it is so badly mispronounced by most English speakers that I wouldn't attempt it...
    Estella ~ Helena ~ Miriam ~ Beatrice ~ Anastasia ~ Ivy ~ Marilla ~ Sarah
    Paul ~ Wesley ~ Walter ~ Edmund ~ Isaac ~ Abram ~ Gabriel

    Trying for baby#1
    Avatar: Nathan Altman, Portrait of Anna Akhmatova

  4. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Greater Boston, MA
    I love Francis/Frances, and yes, I think we will see an increase. It might not be huge, but there will be one.

    I was fascinated to read about the new Pope; how he lived a fairly simple life in Buenos Aires, for example he used public transport as opposed to having a driver to transport him about by car everywhere.

    Given the history of Saint Francis of Assisi (Francis, the Poor Man of Assisi who believed in living close to the poor), it's quite fitting really. As such I think it clearly shows he chose his name to reflect the simple way he has lived his life as a bishop.
    ♥ Margaret Mary ♥
    19. Name nerd. College freshman.

    Proud auntie to Lucy Helen and Theodore Levi

    ~ Eliza Constance ~ Harriet Aurelia ~ Nora Josephine ~ Pearl Violet ~ Rose Georgina ~ Sarah Margaret ~ Tess Christabel ~
    ~ Gabriel Walter ~ James Benedict ~ John Constantine ~ Noah August ~ Reuben Alexander ~ Samuel Ernest ~ Timothy Jack ~

  5. #14
    Join Date
    May 2012
    USA, California
    The only Fra- names I like are Frank and Franklin. I think Francis is a boring choice - but I didn't expect anything else from a pope.
    Alexis Victoria
    mom to the dragon and lion boys, AKA Drake Zephyr and Skandar Leonidas
    TTC 2014/2015

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