First name origin & meaning:
Old French: Free; an androgynous name, though Frances is generally used for girls and Francis for boys
First name variations: France, Franciskus, Francys, Frannie, Franny, Franscis, Fransis, Franus, Frencis, Francis, François
Last name origins & meanings:
- Spanish and Italian: from a personal name, in origin an ethnic
name for a Frank, a member of the Germanic people who inhabited the
lands around the river Rhine in Roman times. See also Frank.
The personal name was popularized by the cult of San Franco di
- Italian and Spanish: nickname or status name from
franco ‘free’ (usually denoting a freed slave).
- Jewish (Sephardic): adoption of the Spanish surname.
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