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Gender: Male Meaning of Frank: "Frenchman or free man" Origin of Frank: Diminutive of Francis or Franklin Frank's Popularity in 2017: #373

The name Frank is a boy's name of German origin meaning "Frenchman or free man". Frank is ranked #373 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like ""Don't call me ___, I go by ___"".

From the experts:

A Top 10 name from the 1880s until the 1920s, Frank has fallen from favor but still has a certain warm, friendly real-guy grandpa flavor that could come back into style, like other such choices as Jake and Jack. Maybe thanks to Sinatra, it's become a new hipster favorite with such couples as Diana Krall and Elvis Costello.

Frank has a wide variety of interesting namesakes, including architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry, artist Frank Stella, director Frank Capra, musician Frank Zappa, and Muppeteer/director Frank Oz, to name a few. Musician Frank Ocean was born Christopher Breaux.

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Famous People Named Frank

Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra, American singer and actor
Frank Anthony Wilczek, American physicist & Nobel prize winner
(Lyman) Frank Baum, American children's novelist
Frank Joslyn Baum, American novelist & film producer; son of L. Frank Baum
Frank Billings Kellogg, 45th U.S. Secretary of State
Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian virologist and Nobel Prize winner
Frank Sherwood Rowland, American chemist and Nobel Prize winner
Frank Vincent Zappa, American musician
Frank Langella, American actor
Frank Edwin Wright III, aka Tre Cool, American musician of Green Day
Frank Anthony Iero, American musician of My Chemical Romance and The Cellabration
Christopher Francis "Frank" Ocean (born Christopher Edwin Breaux), American singer-songwriter
Frank William Zombo, American football player
Franklin Delano "Frank" Gore, American football player
Frank Tayo Omiyale, American football player
Frank "Grey Wolf" Salsedo, Native American actor
Francis Edward "Frank" Turner, English singer-songwriter
Frank Black aka Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV, American singer-songwriter of Black Francis and The Pixies
Frank Frederick Borman Jr., American astronaut
Jonah Frank King, son of journalists Dana Bash and John King
Frank Fritz, American antiquer and TV personality ("American Pickers")
Frank Dillane, English actor
Frank Harlan James Costello (b. 2006), son of English musician Elvis Costello and Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall
Frank Fabra, Colombian footballer
Frank Gioia, aka CrankthatFrank, American YouTuber

Pop Culture References for the name Frank

Frank Reynolds, character on FXX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
Francis "Frank" Underwood, character on Netflix's "House of Cards"
Frank Zhang, son of Mars in the Heroes of Olympus series
Frank Hardy, one of the Hardy Boys, brother of Joe Hardy
Frank Sunderland, character in the game "Silent Hill 4"
Frank Colridge, character in the game "Silent Hill: Downpour"
Frank Breitkopf, character on CBS' "Criminal Minds"
Frank Barone, character on CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Frank Blossom, character from ITV's "The Worst Witch"
Frank Jackson, character in movie "Big Fat Liar"
Frank Hargate, main character in G. A. Henty's "By Sheer Pluck"
Frank, character in movie "The Invention of Lying"
Frank 'Grimey' Grimes, one-time character on "The Simpsons"
Frank Jameson, character in novelette "Beguiling" by Liam Holt
Frank, 1st King of Narnia in 'The Magician's Nephew' by C.S. Lewis
Francis "Frank" Delfino, character on ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder"
Frank Wheatley, character in the film "Sling Blade"
Frank Sahwit, character from 'Ace Attorney'
Frank Reagan, character on CBS' "Blue Bloods"
Frank Kennedy, character from "Gone with the Wind"
Frank Wyatt, main character in G. A. Henty's "Through Russian Snows"
Frank Longbottom, Neville Longbottom's father in the Harry Potter Series
Frank Castle A.K.A. The Punisher, character from Marvel Comics
Vernon Francis "Frank" Gallagher, main character on Showtime's "Shameless"
Frank Vanderboom, character in Rusty Lake: Roots
Frank Heffley, a character from Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Franck, Francke, Frankie

Frank's International Variations

Franc (Slavic) Franz (German) Franco (Italian)


Koolkitty108 Says:


Frank Sinatra was the only person to come to mind, along with this annoying kid I used to know back in middle school.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this.

yourlocaldumpster Says:


All I can think about is Frank Iero

LickTheIceCream Says:


Your kid could always say "Let me be Frank with you"

EW314 Says:


Frank strikes me as such a cool-guy name for a modern kid. I know it sounds old-fashioned, but vintage is seriously in, and this is going to feel cool as a cucumber in a class full of Augustines, Theodores, Leopoldos and Atticuses. Those are all nice names, but Frank - just Frank - feels much more effortlessly cool.