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  1. #16
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    I actually shivered when they announced his name-- I've always really admired St. Francis. I don't know that his choice will change things much in France and Italy, where François and Francesco are still pretty standard, classic choices, but I'd love to see Francis lose its namby-pamby image in the US. As for Frances... well, swoon. I've got a soft-spot for Frances.

    Interestingly enough, I've been to Italy one time and know exactly two Italian people. One is Francesco, and the other is Francesco's brother Gianpaolo. I wonder if their mother knew that one day she's have two papal namesakes in her house!

  2. #18
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    I like Francis for a boy but only as a middle name. Francis has a special meaning in my family.

  3. #20
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Orange County, CA
    Francis is a great starting place as far as name inspiration is concerned, as there are so many variations, especially with international appeal. Opinions (mostly positive) of the new pope aside, it's a fun moment in NAMING history, that's for sure =)
    Current favorites: Olive, Louise/Louisa, Magdalene/Madeline, Phillipa, Talitha, Mallory, Blythe, Eliza, Mercy, Talia; Calvin, Charles, Gideon, Abram, Jude, Reuben, George, Reid, Clark, Holden.

  4. #22
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Francis is a lovely name, so is Francois (and Francoise for a girl).

    Here in Denmark, the new Pope is called "Frans" which is our variation of Francis.
    Zelia • 20s • Exporting names from Greenland & Inuit mythology
    Henry Ásgeirr Lórien • Alexander Adelin Pemba "Sasha" • Aksel Atticus Ivik • Oscar Edmund Igaluk
    Nor Valdemar Oisín • Asa Bjørnstjerne Dante • Marcel Endymion Theo • Vincent Akiva Lysander

    Cosima Ingrid Zenobia "Mimi" • Asta Ivalo Galadriel • Aviaaja Catherine Françoise "Avi" • Evelyn Brontë Cleopatra "Evie"
    Olga Alvaret Lúthien • Noor Dagmar Evangeline • Edith Faraday Thérèse "Edie" • Eleonora Gry Patricia "Ellen"

  5. #24
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Great Lakes
    I hope to see a lot more babies named Francis (or any other variant). Personally, I'd use Francisco as a middle name to honor our pope.
    ** The opinions expressed above are not meant to be reflective of Nameberry as a whole but are my opinion and mine alone. **

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    Henry Nathaniel (3) and Julia Paige (1)

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    Bennett - Emmett - Felix - Oliver - Owen - Preston - Samuel
    Abigail - Claire - Clara - Hope - Lydia - Maude - Molly

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