Frances

First Name
594k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Origin and Meaning of Frances

"Frances" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "From France or Free". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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From French, from Old French Franceise, feminine form of Franceis, from Late Latin Franciscus (“Frankish”).

  1. A female given name, feminine form of Francis.

    Frances was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

    Notable Persons Named Frances

    Judy Garland was an actress, singer, vaudevillian, and vaudeville. She was most prominent from 1924 to 1969. Judy was given the name Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10th, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States. She left this life on June 22nd, 1969.

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    Frances Bean Cobain is a visual arts and visual artist. Frances was born as the child of Kurt Cobain, Sympathy for the Record Industry, Caroline, DGC, Virgin, and Ghost Ramp on August 18th, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Frances is also known as Tim Fiddle.

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    Frances McDormand is an actor. She was most active from 1984 to present. Frances was given the name Frances Louise McDormand on June 23rd, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

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    Frances Conroy is an actress. She has been prominent since 1978. Frances was given the name Frances Hardman Conroy on November 13th, 1953 in Monroe, Georgia, U.S.

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    Frances Fisher is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1976. Frances was given the name Frances Louise Fisher on May 11th, 1952 in Milford on Sea.

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    Dinah Shore was a musician. Her career lasted from 1937 to 1994. Dinah was given the name Frances Rose Shore on February 29th, 1916 in Winchester, Tennessee, U.S. She passed away on February 24th, 1994.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Frances

    Frances is a pop music, indie pop, folk music, and soul music musician. She plays Piano and Violin. Her ongoing career started in 2014. Frances was given the name Sophie Frances Cooke on June 27th, 1993 in Oxford, England. Frances is also known as Sophie Cooke.

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    Allen was born in 1942.

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    Cornelia Frances is an actress. She was most active from 1970 to present. Cornelia was given the name Cornelia Frances Zulver on April 7th, 1941 in Liverpool, UK.

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    Myra Frances is an actor and actress. Myra was born on March 10th, 1943.

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    Dovi Frances is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and president of sg, llc., entrepreneurship, president, and andpresidentof sg. Dovi was born on November 20th, 1978 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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    Vera Frances is an actor and actress. Vera was born Vera Frances on September 29th, 1930 in Dagenham.

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    How popular is the baby name Frances in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 621 605 16 #42 girl name
    1881 598 586 12 #45 girl name
    1882 693 681 12 #45 girl name
    1883 727 710 17 #45 girl name
    1884 805 789 16 #46 girl name
    1885 856 844 12 #46 girl name
    1886 1,071 1,059 12 #38 girl name
    1887 1,117 1,105 12 #34 girl name
    1888 1,467 1,452 15 #30 girl name
    1889 1,366 1,351 15 #34 girl name
    1890 1,428 1,416 12 #33 girl name
    1891 1,407 1,397 10 #34 girl name
    1892 1,680 1,670 10 #31 girl name
    1893 1,642 1,622 20 #34 girl name
    1894 1,793 1,776 17 #29 girl name
    1895 1,850 1,834 16 #29 girl name
    1896 1,983 1,964 19 #27 girl name
    1897 1,993 1,975 18 #27 girl name
    1898 2,400 2,379 21 #22 girl name
    1899 2,070 2,058 12 #24 girl name
    1900 2,514 2,495 19 #26 girl name
    1901 2,096 2,071 25 #25 girl name
    1902 2,345 2,326 19 #23 girl name
    1903 2,382 2,365 17 #19 girl name
    1904 2,680 2,657 23 #16 girl name
    1905 2,910 2,887 23 #16 girl name
    1906 3,048 3,026 22 #14 girl name
    1907 3,332 3,299 33 #16 girl name
    1908 3,614 3,593 21 #14 girl name
    1909 3,800 3,780 20 #12 girl name
    1910 4,486 4,448 38 #11 girl name
    1911 5,003 4,967 36 #10 girl name
    1912 6,726 6,680 46 #9 girl name
    1913 7,753 7,694 59 #9 girl name
    1914 9,754 9,677 77 #9 girl name
    1915 12,878 12,787 91 #9 girl name
    1916 13,853 13,746 107 #9 girl name
    1917 14,435 14,363 72 #9 girl name
    1918 16,228 16,131 97 #8 girl name
    1919 15,208 15,107 101 #9 girl name
    1920 15,991 15,883 108 #9 girl name
    1921 16,101 15,995 106 #9 girl name
    1922 15,147 15,052 95 #10 girl name
    1923 14,982 14,877 105 #10 girl name
    1924 15,288 15,183 105 #10 girl name
    1925 13,938 13,824 114 #11 girl name
    1926 13,470 13,356 114 #10 girl name
    1927 13,113 12,988 125 #12 girl name
    1928 12,274 12,134 140 #13 girl name
    1929 11,190 11,095 95 #16 girl name
    1930 10,770 10,643 127 #16 girl name
    1931 9,835 9,717 118 #18 girl name
    1932 9,666 9,555 111 #19 girl name
    1933 8,967 8,883 84 #18 girl name
    1934 9,316 9,205 111 #19 girl name
    1935 8,860 8,768 92 #19 girl name
    1936 8,850 8,786 64 #19 girl name
    1937 9,137 9,052 85 #19 girl name
    1938 8,992 8,924 68 #23 girl name
    1939 8,642 8,577 65 #26 girl name
    1940 8,678 8,618 60 #28 girl name
    1941 8,530 8,468 62 #31 girl name
    1942 9,529 9,470 59 #30 girl name
    1943 9,500 9,443 57 #31 girl name
    1944 8,547 8,484 63 #33 girl name
    1945 7,978 7,940 38 #34 girl name
    1946 8,483 8,452 31 #39 girl name
    1947 8,997 8,940 57 #40 girl name
    1948 8,208 8,175 33 #42 girl name
    1949 7,486 7,440 46 #49 girl name
    1950 7,009 6,974 35 #51 girl name
    1951 6,628 6,585 43 #59 girl name
    1952 6,124 6,079 45 #67 girl name
    1953 5,822 5,783 39 #72 girl name
    1954 5,191 5,160 31 #83 girl name
    1955 4,690 4,635 55 #96 girl name
    1956 4,365 4,323 42
    1957 4,131 4,093 38
    1958 3,884 3,846 38
    1959 3,748 3,712 36
    1960 3,622 3,591 31
    1961 3,444 3,417 27
    1962 3,026 3,000 26
    1963 2,781 2,746 35
    1964 2,637 2,600 37
    1965 2,285 2,262 23
    1966 2,142 2,123 19
    1967 1,885 1,868 17
    1968 1,769 1,742 27
    1969 1,668 1,643 25
    1970 1,645 1,628 17
    1971 1,477 1,452 25
    1972 1,294 1,279 15
    1973 1,171 1,155 16
    1974 1,086 1,067 19
    1975 1,044 1,030 14
    1976 964 948 16
    1977 958 940 18
    1978 946 926 20
    1979 925 912 13
    1980 950 938 12
    1981 938 924 14
    1982 922 904 18
    1983 894 875 19
    1984 876 855 21
    1985 849 834 15
    1986 784 765 19
    1987 818 805 13
    1988 823 806 17
    1989 798 781 17
    1990 771 759 12
    1991 732 711 21
    1992 685 667 18
    1993 652 640 12
    1994 614 607 7
    1995 581 571 10
    1996 554 544 10
    1997 535 530 5
    1998 557 547 10
    1999 492 486 6
    2000 459 453 6
    2001 434 428 6
    2002 421 413 8
    2003 456 449 7
    2004 435 427 8
    2005 355 355 0
    2006 365 359 6
    2007 352 347 5
    2008 375 368 7
    2009 354 354 0
    2010 361 356 5
    2011 348 348 0
    2012 369 364 5
    2013 412 406 6
    2014 484 484 0
    2015 613 607 6
    2016 721 716 5

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    Popularity of Frances as a first name

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    Popularity of Frances as a last name

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    Common last names for Frances

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Brown
    • Miller
    • Jones
    • Williams
    • Davis
    • Wilson
    • Anderson
    • Taylor
    • Martin
    • Moore
    • Thompson
    • Thomas
    • White
    • Clark
    • Harris
    • Jackson
    • Young

    Common first names for Frances

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Frances U.S.
      White 53.65% 64.26%
      African American 22.77% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.25% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 2.25% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.94% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 17.15% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Frances

    People with the last name Frances are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Frances

    • How Popular is the name Frances? Frances is the 98th most popular name of all time. As a last name Frances was the 13,627th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Frances have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 593,577 babies born with the first name Frances in the United States. That's more than enough people named Frances to occupy the country of Western Sahara with an estimated population of 567,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Frances? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 621 new born babies.
    • When was Frances first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Frances is Thursday, September 14th, 1865.
    • What year had the most people named Frances born? The highest recorded use of the first name Frances was in 1918 with a total of 16,131 babies. That's a lot of babies named Frances!
    • Random Frances Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Frances ranks 7th in popularity as a baby girl's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 79 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 1921.
    • Weird things about the name Frances: Your name in reverse order is Secnarf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Earnsfc. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Frances? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,222 people with the last name Frances.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Frances? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Frances as their last name since less than 1 person in 133k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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