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Gender: Female Meaning of Francesca: "from France or free man" Origin of Francesca: Italian variation of Frances Francesca's Popularity in 2017: #435

The name Francesca is a girl's name of Italian origin meaning "from France or free man". Francesca is ranked #435 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Girl Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Middle name for a First name!".

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Francesca is a lighter and much more feminine choice than the classic Frances, and one that is increasingly popular with upscale parents.

Francesca made an appearance in Dante's Inferno and then, centuries later, in the best-selling novel The Bridges of Madison County, played on screen by Meryl Streep and co-starring Clint Eastwood, who went on to name his daughter Francesca. Other dads of Francescas include Martin Scorsese, Erik Estrada, Jason Bateman and (stepdad) Ringo Starr.

Francesca is also having a big renaissance in Italy, its country of origin.

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Famous People Named Francesca

Francesca "Frankie" Sandford, English singer of group The Saturdays
Francesca Ruth Fisher-Eastwood, American actress and socialite; daughter of actors Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher
(Constance) Francesca Gabor Hilton, American actress; daughter of hotelier Conrad Hilton and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor
Francesca James, American actress
Francesca Annis, English actress
Francesca Collett, American actress
Francesca Battistelli, American musician
Francesca Woodman, American photographer
Francesca Capaldi, American actress
Francesca Isabella Simon, British-American children's author
Francesca Gregorini, Italian/American writer/director
Francesca Schiavone, Italian tennis player
Francesca Barracciu, Italian MEP
Francesca Neri, Italian actress
Francesca Dallapé, Italian diver
Francesca Guillén, Mexican actress; daughter of actor Alejandro Camacho
Francesca "Fran" Kirby, English football player
Francesca Aborn, niece of actress Isabella Rossellini
Francesca Halabi (b. 1984), daughter of reality TV personality Faye Resnick and Fadi Halabi
Francesca McKnight Donatella Romana Gregorini (di Savignano di Romagna), Italian-American film director, daughter of actress Barbara Bach and stepdaughter of musician Ringo Starr
Francesca Hall, daughter of TV presenter Stuart Hall
Francesca Mainwaring, daughter of TV presenter Ed Stewart
Francesca Gunn (b. 1990), late daughter of footballer Bryan Gunn
Francesca Généreux (b. 1999), daughter of dancer and TV personality Jean-Marc Généreux
Francesca Abbruzzese, daughter of drummer Dave Abbruzzese of band Pearl Jam
Francesca Scorsese (b. 1999), daughter of director Martin Scorsese
Francesca Natalia Estrada (b. 2000), daughter of actor Erik Estrada
Francesca Pace (b. 2004), daughter of tennis player Irina Spirlea and Massimiliano Pace
Francesca Fospero (b. 2004), daughter of TV presenter Helen Fospero
Francesca Nora Bateman (b. 2006), daughter of actor Jason Bateman & Amanda Anka
Francesca Christine Giner (b. 2008), daughter of actress Amy Jo Johnson and Olivier Giner
Francesca Alice Adams (b. 2009), daughter of ice hockey player Craig Adams
Francesca Marlowe Jacobs (b. 2013), daughter of TV weather forecasters Rose and Steven Jacobs

Pop Culture References for the name Francesca

Francesca "Frankie" Alan, main character from the television series "Lip Service"
Francesca Altifiorla, dragon in "Kept in the Dark" (Anthony Trollope)
Francesca "Fancy" Monroe, from "The Jamie Foxx Show"
Francesca "Frankie" Sutton, from the movie "Set It Off"
Francesca Villante, from Australian TV soap "Neighbours"
Francesca "Frankie" Adams Foster, stillborn daughter of Stef and Lena on American TV show "The Fosters"
Francesca, a character from the novel 'Torment' (Lauren Kate)
Francesca Wolff, girlfriend of Marina Ferrer in TV series "The L Word".
Francesca "Franky" Fitzgerald from the TV show "Skins UK" (third generation)
Francesca "Frankie" Hathaway from the kids show "The Haunted Hathaways"
Francesca "Frankie" Hollingsworth from the TV show "Degrassi" and "Degrassi: Next Class"