Gender: Male Meaning of Franco: "Frenchman or free man" Origin of Franco: Italian variation of Francis Franco's Popularity in 2019: #848

Franco Origin and Meaning

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

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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Rank in US: #848

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flarepants Says:


“Once tainted by the association with the Spanish dictator”?! That’s like saying the name Adolf was “once tainted” by association with the Holocaust.
Francisco Franco started a bloody civil war, murdered hundreds of thousands and put millions in concentration camps. To this day, even the name Francisco is unusable in Spain.
So I don’t care how much you like the name, show some goddamn respect

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.