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Thread: A New Pope Called Francis
March 14th, 2013 01:21 PM #16Senior Member
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I actually shivered when they announced his name-- I've always really admired St. Francis. I don't know that his choice will change things much in France and Italy, where François and Francesco are still pretty standard, classic choices, but I'd love to see Francis lose its namby-pamby image in the US. As for Frances... well, swoon. I've got a soft-spot for Frances.
Interestingly enough, I've been to Italy one time and know exactly two Italian people. One is Francesco, and the other is Francesco's brother Gianpaolo. I wonder if their mother knew that one day she's have two papal namesakes in her house!
March 14th, 2013 02:40 PM #18
March 14th, 2013 02:58 PM #20Senior Member
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Francis is a great starting place as far as name inspiration is concerned, as there are so many variations, especially with international appeal. Opinions (mostly positive) of the new pope aside, it's a fun moment in NAMING history, that's for sure =)Current favorites: Olive, Louise/Louisa, Magdalene/Madeline, Phillipa, Talitha, Mallory, Blythe, Eliza, Mercy, Talia; Calvin, Charles, Gideon, Abram, Jude, Reuben, George, Reid, Clark, Holden.
March 14th, 2013 05:10 PM #22
Francis is a lovely name, so is Francois (and Francoise for a girl).
Here in Denmark, the new Pope is called "Frans" which is our variation of Francis.Zelia/Elja • Nineteen • Name and history nerd from an early age • I have a blog.
March 15th, 2013 07:57 AM #24** The opinions expressed above are not meant to be reflective of Nameberry as a whole but are my opinion and mine alone. **
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