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Gender: Male Meaning of Franco: "Frenchman or free man" Origin of Franco: Italian variation of Francis Franco's Popularity in 2018: #808

The name Franco is a boy's name of Italian origin meaning "Frenchman or free man". Franco is ranked #808 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Freedom and discussed in our forums with posts like "Family Heritage Generation Dice CAF - Round 8 of 12".

From the experts:

A classic Italian name still heard in the Italian-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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katinka Says:


I really like it. Not sure how usable it is because of General Franco though... thoughts?

Kryssy V Says:


I really love the name Francis, and preferred it until as a joke I decided to name one of my stuffed animals Franco. It has a nice ring to it, and can still have the nick name Frankie. I think it works well as a first name.