Francis

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314k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
78k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Francis mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Francis

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

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From Latin Franciscus (“French(man)”) (from Francia 'France', from the Germanic tribal name of the Franks, meaning frank, free), originally a nickname of St. Francis of Assisi.

  1. A male given name
  2. (rare) A female given name, Alternative spelling of Frances.
  3. A patronymic surname​.
  4. A ghost town in Nebraska.
  5. A town in Saskatchewan, Canada.
  6. A town in Utah.

Francis was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, French, and Latvian

Notable Persons Named Francis

His career lasted from 1935 to 1994. Frank was given the name Francis Albert Sinatra by his parents Anthony Martin Sinatra and Dolly Sinatra on December 12th, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S. He breathed his last breath on May 14th, 1998.

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Francis is a pope. Francis was born on December 17th, 1936.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was a novelist and short story. He was most prominent from 1920 to present. F. was given the name Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald on September 24th, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. He breathed his last breath on December 21st, 1940.

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Francis Ford Coppola is a film director, producer, screenwriter, and film producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1962. Francis was born as the child of Carmine Coppola and Italia Coppola on April 7th, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, United States.

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Sir Francis Walsingham was a secretary of state (england), spymaster, and secretary of state. Francis was born in 1534 in probably Chislehurst, Kent, England. He left this life on April 6th, 1590.

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Francis Bacon was a Lord Chancellor, Attorney General for England, and Wales. Francis was born on January 22nd, 1561 in Strand, London, England. He breathed his last breath on April 9th, 1626.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Francis

Francis is a pope. Francis was born on December 17th, 1936.

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Wadih El Safi was a tarab, folk, and folk music musician. He plays Oud. He was most prominent from 1952 to 2013. Wadih was given the name Wadih Francis on November 1st, 1921 in Niha Chouf. Wadih is also known as Sawt Lobnan Al Khaled, al imlak al loubnani, Sawt Lobnan Al Khaled (The Immortal Voice of Lebanon), and al imlak al loubnani (the Lebanese giant). He died on October 11th, 2013.

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Connie Francis is a traditional pop music, rock, roll, country pop, and vocal jazz singing. She plays Accordion and Vocals. She was most prominent from 1943 to present. Connie was given the name Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero on December 12th, 1938 in Newark, New Jersey.

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Anne Francis was an actress. She was most prominent from 1936 to 1936. Anne was born on September 16th, 1930 in Ossining, New York, U.S. Anne is also known as Anne Lloyd Francis and Ann Francis. She died on January 2nd, 2011.

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Black Francis is an alternative rock musician. He plays Fender Telecaster. He holds the title Debaser" and U-Mass". His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Black was given the name Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV on April 6th, 1965 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Black is also known as Frank Black.

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Steve Francis is an athlete for the Houston Rockets, Beijing Ducks, Orlando Magic, and New York Knicks. His most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to 2010. Steve was born on February 21st, 1977 in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 399 55 344 #51 boy name
1881 306 47 259 #63 boy name
1882 381 54 327 #56 boy name
1883 339 54 285 #60 boy name
1884 396 56 340 #57 boy name
1885 385 66 319 #56 boy name
1886 425 81 344 #55 boy name
1887 409 82 327 #53 boy name
1888 441 88 353 #59 boy name
1889 434 88 346 #55 boy name
1890 464 101 363 #54 boy name
1891 421 88 333 #55 boy name
1892 535 106 429 #50 boy name
1893 525 107 418 #48 boy name
1894 531 108 423 #51 boy name
1895 606 126 480 #45 boy name
1896 665 114 551 #39 boy name
1897 611 115 496 #43 boy name
1898 665 124 541 #43 boy name
1899 602 101 501 #38 boy name
1900 811 159 652 #41 boy name
1901 669 126 543 #36 boy name
1902 737 140 597 #38 boy name
1903 774 109 665 #35 boy name
1904 808 122 686 #36 boy name
1905 834 149 685 #36 boy name
1906 876 139 737 #35 boy name
1907 879 162 717 #37 boy name
1908 1,019 166 853 #34 boy name
1909 1,043 157 886 #33 boy name
1910 1,227 227 1,000 #36 boy name
1911 1,545 234 1,311 #33 boy name
1912 2,789 273 2,516 #35 boy name
1913 3,504 299 3,205 #30 boy name
1914 4,286 385 3,901 #31 boy name
1915 6,097 503 5,594 #29 boy name
1916 6,171 519 5,652 #31 boy name
1917 6,428 627 5,801 #30 boy name
1918 7,000 653 6,347 #30 boy name
1919 6,399 673 5,726 #34 boy name
1920 6,895 654 6,241 #34 boy name
1921 6,953 660 6,293 #35 boy name
1922 6,755 607 6,148 #34 boy name
1923 6,708 622 6,086 #34 boy name
1924 6,778 645 6,133 #34 boy name
1925 6,637 660 5,977 #35 boy name
1926 6,440 652 5,788 #35 boy name
1927 6,208 565 5,643 #36 boy name
1928 6,085 571 5,514 #40 boy name
1929 5,742 473 5,269 #39 boy name
1930 5,462 467 4,995 #42 boy name
1931 5,104 373 4,731 #42 boy name
1932 4,786 398 4,388 #43 boy name
1933 4,461 367 4,094 #45 boy name
1934 4,361 354 4,007 #49 boy name
1935 4,276 382 3,894 #53 boy name
1936 4,193 319 3,874 #50 boy name
1937 4,038 311 3,727 #55 boy name
1938 4,255 305 3,950 #51 boy name
1939 4,019 299 3,720 #53 boy name
1940 3,923 317 3,606 #61 boy name
1941 4,056 318 3,738 #60 boy name
1942 4,591 295 4,296 #58 boy name
1943 4,379 312 4,067 #64 boy name
1944 3,964 316 3,648 #71 boy name
1945 3,695 244 3,451 #75 boy name
1946 4,267 262 4,005 #80 boy name
1947 4,510 297 4,213 #84 boy name
1948 4,477 263 4,214 #80 boy name
1949 4,539 256 4,283 #78 boy name
1950 4,336 254 4,082 #86 boy name
1951 4,439 233 4,206 #85 boy name
1952 4,227 249 3,978 #89 boy name
1953 4,084 214 3,870 #90 boy name
1954 3,916 228 3,688 #94 boy name
1955 3,642 204 3,438 #100 boy name
1956 3,469 177 3,292
1957 3,140 200 2,940
1958 2,786 173 2,613
1959 2,833 182 2,651
1960 2,615 193 2,422
1961 2,545 203 2,342
1962 2,474 178 2,296
1963 2,324 152 2,172
1964 2,203 134 2,069
1965 1,939 123 1,816
1966 1,820 124 1,696
1967 1,707 122 1,585
1968 1,639 123 1,516
1969 1,571 144 1,427
1970 1,528 138 1,390
1971 1,341 131 1,210
1972 1,110 120 990
1973 1,094 115 979
1974 1,004 116 888
1975 1,093 135 958
1976 970 130 840
1977 1,044 143 901
1978 1,075 135 940
1979 1,049 120 929
1980 1,074 153 921
1981 1,125 153 972
1982 1,134 151 983
1983 1,076 117 959
1984 1,025 125 900
1985 1,073 138 935
1986 1,049 135 914
1987 1,114 166 948
1988 1,096 145 951
1989 1,061 143 918
1990 1,073 157 916
1991 986 162 824
1992 946 144 802
1993 889 137 752
1994 860 134 726
1995 858 161 697
1996 743 136 607
1997 739 112 627
1998 701 121 580
1999 659 117 542
2000 675 116 559
2001 638 94 544
2002 562 98 464
2003 548 83 465
2004 527 71 456
2005 527 64 463
2006 512 61 451
2007 477 75 402
2008 439 72 367
2009 412 54 358
2010 403 45 358
2011 437 52 385
2012 473 44 429
2013 594 58 536
2014 656 64 592
2015 683 64 619
2016 715 79 636

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Popularity of Francis as a first name

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Popularity of Francis as a last name

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Common last names for Francis

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  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Martin
  • Obrien
  • Wilson
  • White
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  • Ryan
  • Walsh
  • Taylor
  • Moore
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Francis U.S.
  White 59.48% 64.26%
  African American 30.30% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.07% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.37% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.78% 16.26%

Of Last Name Francis

People with the last name Francis are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Francis

  • How Popular is the name Francis? Francis is the 228th most popular name of all time. As a last name Francis was the 413th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Francis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 313,569 babies born with the first name Francis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Francis to occupy the country of Belize with an estimated population of 312,971 (as of May 12, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Francis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 399 new born babies.
  • When was Francis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Francis is Wednesday, January 24th, 1816.
  • What year had the most people named Francis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Francis was in 1918 with a total of 6,347 babies. That's a lot of babies named Francis!
  • Random Francis Factoid: According to the 1927 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Francis ranks 20th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 907 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1927.
  • Weird things about the name Francis: Your name in reverse order is Sicnarf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fcarsni. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Francis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 78,327 people with the last name Francis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Francis? Francis was ranked as the 413th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • 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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