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.