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Francis is a French and English given name of Latin
Latin
origin. Francis is a name that has many derivatives in most European languages. The female version of the name in English is Frances, and (less commonly)[citation needed] Francine. (For most speakers, Francis and Frances
Frances
are homophones or near homophones; a popular mnemonic for the spelling is "i for him and e for her".) The name Frank is a common diminutive for Francis and Franny for Frances.

Contents

1 Derivation 2 Related names in other languages 3 List of people with the given name Francis

3.1 Aristocracy

3.1.1 France 3.1.2 German-speaking countries 3.1.3 Iberian monarchies 3.1.4 Italy 3.1.5 Hungary 3.1.6 Scandinavia

3.2 Religious figures

4 Fictional characters 5 See also 6 References

Derivation[edit] Francesco ("the Frenchman")[4] was the name given to Saint Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone) by his francophile father,[5] celebrating his trade with French merchants. Due to the renown of the saint, this Italian name became widespread in Western Europe during the Middle Ages in different versions (Francisco, François, etc.). However, it was not regularly used in Britain until the 16th century as Francis.[6] The name of France
France
itself comes from the Germanic people known as the Franks; the origin of their name is unclear but is thought to mean "free". The characteristic national weapon of the Franks
Franks
was the francisca, a throwing axe. Related names in other languages[edit] Related names are common in other Western European languages, in countries that are (or were before the Reformation) Catholic. Other non-European languages have also adopted variants of the name. These names include:

Arabic: فرانشيسكو (Farānsheskū), فرنسيس (Fransĩs), فرانسيس (Farānsĩs) Aragonese: Francho Armenian: Ֆրանծիսկոս (Franciskos) Asturian: Xicu Albanian: Françesku Alemannic German: Franz Basque: Frantzisko, Frantziska, Patxi Belarusian: Francišak, Францішак (Frantsishak) Bulgarian: Франциск (Frantsisk) Breton: Franseza, Frañsez, Fañch, Fañchig, Soaig, Saig Catalan: Francesc, Cesc, Cesco, Xesc, Xisco, Fran (male version); Francesca, Cisca, Xisca, Xesca, Fani, Francina (female version) Chinese: 弗朗西斯 (Fúlǎngxīsī), 方濟各 (Fāngjìgè), 法蘭西斯 (Fǎlánxīsī) Corsican: Francescu, Franciscu Croatian: Franjo, Frano, Frane, Fran (male version); Franciska, Franka, Franca, Franjica (female version) Czech: František, Františka (female version) Dutch: Frans, Frank, Franciscus, Franciescus, Francieskus, Francis, Francies, Cies (Franciska, Francisca
Francisca
or Francien is used to signify the female version in the Netherlands)

Esperanto: Francisko Estonian: Franciscus Finnish: Frans, Fransiscus,"Ransu". French: François, Francis, Francisque (rare) (male version); Françoise, France, Francine (female version) Galician: Francisco German: Franziskus, Franz, Franziska (female version) Greek: Fragiskos, Fragkiskos, Frangiskos, Frangkiskos, Frankiskos, (Φραγκίσκος), Frantzeskos (Φραντζέσκος), Frankiski (Φραγκίσκη), Frantzeska (Φραντζέσκα) (female version) Gujarati: ફ્રાન્સિસ (Phrānsisa) Hawaiian: Palakiko Hindi: फ्रांसिस (Phrānsisa) Hungarian: Ferenc, Feri, Franciska (female version) Icelandic: Frans Indonesian: Fransiskus, Fransiska (female version) Irish: Proinsias, Proinnsias [Francie], (all variants are valid for both males & females, rare for a female to adopt this name in Irish) Italian: Francesco, Franco, Fran, Cino, Cisco, Cecco (male version); Franca, Francesca, Ciccia, Cina, Cesca, Cecca (female version) Japanese: フランシス (Furanshisu) (for translation of English name), フランシスコ (Furanshisuko) (for translation of Christian name) Kannada: ಫ್ರಾನ್ಸಿಸ್ (Phrānsis) Konkani: Frask, Forso Korean: Pranchisko (프란치스코) Latin: Franciscus Latvian: Francisks Lithuanian: Francas, Pranciškus (historical) Lombard: Francesch Luo (Ke/Tz): Fransisko, Pransis Macedonian: Френсис (Frensis) Malayalam: പൊറിഞ്ചു (Porinchu/Porinju), പ്രാഞ്ചി Pranchi, Prenju, Frenju (popular amongst the Syro Malabar Catholics of Kerala. Porinchu being more common in the North around the Thrissur ArchDiocese, while Prenju and Frenju are more common in the South in the Kuttanad region of the Changanacherry ArchDiocese) Maltese: Franġisk, Frans Manx: Frank Neapolitan: Franciscu Norman: Françouais Norwegian: Frans, Franciskus Occitan: Francés Persian: فرانسیس Piedmontese: Fransesch Polish: Franciszek Portuguese: Francisco, Francisquinho, Chico, Chiquinho, Quico, Fran, Paco (diminutives) Francisca
Francisca
(female version), Francisquinha, Chica, Chiquinha, Quica (diminutives) Romanian: Francisc, Frâncu Russian: Франческо (Franchesko) for Italians, Франциск (Frantsisk) for popes, Франц (Frants) for Germans. Samogitian: Prancėškos Sardinian: Franchiscu, Franciscu, Frantziscu Scottish Gaelic: Frangag, Frances, Francis Serbian: Френсис, Franja, Franc, Francisko (rare in native usage) Sicilian: Franciscu, Ciscu Slovak: František Slovene: Frančišek, Franček, France, Franci, Franc, Fran, Franko Spanish: Francisco, Paco, Paquito, Curro, Fran, Quico, Pancho, Cisco, Chisco, Francisca
Francisca
(female version), Paca
Paca
(female version), Paqui or Paquita
Paquita
(female version) Swahili: Fransisko Swedish: Franciskus, Frans Tamil: பிரான்சிஸ் (Pirāṉcis) Telugu: ఫ్రాన్సిస్ (Phrānsis) Thai: ฟรานซิส (F rān sis̄) Turkish: Fransız, Fransuva Venetian: Francesco Vietnamese: Phanxicô Welsh: Fransis West Frisian: Fransiskus Yiddish: פראַנסיס (Prʼansys) Ukrainian: Франциск (Frantsisk)

List of people with the given name Francis[edit]

Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon
(1561–1626), English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist, author and pioneer of the scientific method. Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon
(1909-1992), Artist. Francis Baines (1648–1710), English Jesuit. Francis C. Heitmeier (born 1950), American politician. Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(born 1939), American film-director, producer, and screenwriter. Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (1915-1998), American singer, actor, and producer. Francis E. Donoghue (1872–1952), member of Illinois State House of Representatives. Francis Drake, English sea captain. Francis Dugas (1919-2008), member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Francis Scott Fitzgerald
(1896-1940), American novelist and short story writer. Francis B. Foley (1887-1973), American metallurgist. Francis Fontaine (author) (1845-1901), American poet and novelist. Francis Fukuyama
Francis Fukuyama
(born 1952), American political scientist. Francis Alick "Frankie" Howerd (1917-1992), British comedian and actor. Francis Irving, British computer programmer and activist for freedom of information Francis Kobangoye (born 1990), Gabonese basketball player Francis Scott Key
Francis Scott Key
(1779-1843), writer of the American national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner". Francis J. McCaffrey (1917-1989), American lawyer and politician from The Bronx, New York. Francis J. McCaffrey, Jr. (1902-1972), American lawyer and politician from Brooklyn, New York. Francis Maude, politician. Francis Molo
Francis Molo
(born 1994), New Zealand-Australian rugby league player. Francis Valentino American Musician. Francis Webb (other), multiple people.

Aristocracy[edit]

Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor
Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor
(1708–1765), also Francis III, Duke of Lorraine

France[edit]

Francis I of France, King of France
France
(1494–1547) Francis II of France, King of France
France
(1544–1560) Francis I, Duke of Brittany
Francis I, Duke of Brittany
(1414–1450) Francis II, Duke of Brittany
Francis II, Duke of Brittany
(1433–1488) Francis III, Duke of Brittany
Francis III, Duke of Brittany
(1518–1536) Francis I, Duke of Lorraine (1517–1545) Francis II, Duke of Lorraine
Francis II, Duke of Lorraine
(1572–1632)

German-speaking countries[edit]

Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, also Francis I, Emperor of Austria (1768–1835) Franz, Duke of Bavaria
Franz, Duke of Bavaria
(born 1933), called "Francis II" by Jacobite supporters

Iberian monarchies[edit]

Prince Francis Joseph of Braganza
Prince Francis Joseph of Braganza
(1878–1919), Infante of Portugal, 2nd son of Miguel II, legitimist claimant to the throne of Portugal Francis of Spain
Francis of Spain
(1822–1902), Duke of Cádiz, King Consort of Queen Isabella II

Italy[edit]

Francis I of the Two Sicilies
Francis I of the Two Sicilies
(1777–1830) Francis II of the Two Sicilies
Francis II of the Two Sicilies
(1836–1894) Francis IV, Duke of Modena
Francis IV, Duke of Modena
(1779–1846) Francis V, Duke of Modena
Francis V, Duke of Modena
(1819–1875)

Hungary[edit]

Francis I Rákóczi, Prince of Transylvania (1645–1676) Francis II Rákóczi, Duke of Hungary and Prince Transylvania (1676–1735)

Scandinavia[edit]

Francis of Denmark
Francis of Denmark
(1497-1511), Prince of Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Religious figures[edit]

Pope Francis
Pope Francis
(born 1936), the current Pope St. Francis of Assisi
Francis of Assisi
(1181/1182–1226), Italian Catholic friar and saint Francis de Sales
Francis de Sales
(1567–1622), French Catholic bishop and saint Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
(1506–1552), Spanish Catholic friar and saint Francis Cardinal George, OMI (1937–2015), Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Chicago (1997-2014)

Fictional characters[edit]

Francis "Frank" Castle, fictional vigilante from Marvel Comics also known as the Punisher. Francis the Talking Mule, featured in seven movies in the 1950s, voiced by Chill Wills Francis Underwood from the Netflix original series House of Cards (U.S. TV series)' Francis Urquhart, lead character of the British political thriller House of Cards (UK TV series) Francis Abernathy, character in Donna Tartt's 1992 novel The Secret History. A ladybug named Francis appears in A Bug's Life. Francis, Son of Hal, a character of unknown surname. He is Malcolm's oldest brother in Malcolm in the Middle. Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
Cross, "Frank", Scrooge-like protagonist in the Christmas comedy Scrooged. Francis Freeman, a character from Deadpool (Film)

See also[edit]

Francis (surname) Francis (other)

References[edit]

^ "Francis". Merriam-Webster
Merriam-Webster
Dictionary. Retrieved 2016-02-07.  ^ "Francis". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2016-02-07.  ^ Navarro, Yvonne (2007). First Name Reverse Dictionary: Given Names Listed by Meaning, 2d ed. McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers. pp. 110–112. ISBN 9780786429349.  ^ Chesterton, Gilbert Keith (1924). "St. Francis of Assisi" (14 ed.). Garden City, New York: Image Books: 158.  ^  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Francis". Encyclopædia Britannica. 10 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 933.  ^ Francis

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