Gender: Male Meaning of Francis: "Frenchman or free man" Origin of Francis: Latin Francis's Popularity in 2018: #480

Francis Origin and Meaning

The name Francis is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "Frenchman or free man".

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 a bit 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.

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Rank in US: #480

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Famous People Named Francis

Pop Culture References for the name Francis

Frank, Franky, Frannie, Frankie, Fran, Franko, Frann, Feri

Francis's International Variations

Paquito, Panchito, Quito, Farruco, Curro, Pancho, Chito, Curito, Chico, Chilo, Chicho, Frasco, Francilo, Paco, Francisco, Cisco, (Spanish)


Sarah Says:


My beloved grandfather's name. I will be naming one of my son's Francis (Frank) after one of the best men I've ever known. Francis was empathetic, moral, kind, compassionate, intelligent and worldly

deusvult Says:


It irritates me that the description says "Roman Catholic Pope". No. He is the Pope of all the Catholics, not just the Latin Rite ones. Anyway, this name is one that I would sort of like if it were on someone else, but I would never give it to anybody. It sounds a bit too goody-two-shoes for my liking.

Cassandra Jean Fortino Says:


I'm having the same dilemma. Thinking about Michael, Isaiah, or Joshua. Or might just go with Francis as a first name.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Frank works fine as an independent name, and I also love it. It's a strong name, and one of my favourites.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love Francis and Frank. I also love the female Frances, but am very particular about the boy version being used for boys, and the girl version for girls. I knew a female Francis, and it always bothered me. I know it sounds silly these days because almost every name is now viewed as unisex, but I guess I am old-fashioned and traditional.

EmpressAlexa Says:


I need a first name to go along with the middle name Francis. Robin is not sitting well as we thought...:(

LV51sfan91 Says:


I love Francis on a boy! Frank Sinatra is one of my all time favorite singers!

Lena_Aline Says:


I would like this name if I didn't have a negative association with it.

luella_madison Says:


It's a solid name, and there are many other associations, but all I think of is the character in "To Kill A Mockingbird".

headintheclouds Says:


I have the same thoughts on Francis as I do on its female counterpart Frances- I don't really like it (find it outdated and tired), but also kind of like it when I see the name at certain angles (seems fresh and handsome and revivable).

I much prefer the nickname Frank to the full name Francis- Frank sounds much more straightforward, frank and open (haha no pun intended) than Francis, which can sound stiff and stuffy. If I had to choose between Frank and Francis, I'd name my son Frank, since I'd call a Francis Frank anyway.

Catastroffy Says:


I see it the same way. I know a horrible Francis, too, which doesn't help.

Fading Says:


Don't forget Frances the badger! Known two guys by this name, both are great people.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I have never liked this name. It makes me think of a snobby and greedy kind of person. I don't know why.

MaryKathryn Says:


I love this name on a boy, but the only reason I would ever use this name would be as a tribute to Frank Sinatra, who was born Francis.

raevynstar Says:


Stately and cool!