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Gender: Male Meaning of Franco: "Frenchman or free man" Origin of Franco: Italian variation of Francis Franco's Popularity in 2017: #728

The name Franco is a boy's name of Italian origin meaning "Frenchman or free man". Franco is ranked #728 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Celebrity Surnames as Firsts and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

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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Famous People Named Franco

Franco Harris, former American football player
Franco Nero-Italian actor, husband of Vanessa Redgrave
James Franco, American actor
Dave Franco, American actor
Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator
Franco Modigliani, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

Pop Culture References for the name Franco

Franco, James Franco's character on General Hospital


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.