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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) Francine. (For most speakers, Francis and 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
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

Francesco
Francesco
("the Frenchman") was the name given to Saint Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone) by his francophile father , 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
Francisco
, François , etc.). However, it was not regularly used in Britain until the 16th century as Francis.

The name of France
France
itself comes from the Germanic people known as the Franks
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

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 (Faransĩs), فرانسيس (Farānsĩs) * ARAGONESE : Francho * ARMENIAN : Ֆրանծիսկոս (Franciskos) * ASTURIAN : Xicu * ALBANIAN : Françesku * ALEMANNIC GERMAN : Franz * BASQUE : Frantzisko, Frantziska, Patxi * BULGARIAN : Франциск (Frantsisk) * BELARUSIAN : Francišak , Францішак (Frantsishak) * BRETON : Franseza, Frañsez, Fañch, Fañchig, Soaig, Saig * CATALAN : Francesc , Cesc , Cesco , Xesc , Xisco, Fran (male version); Francesca
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
Frans
, Frank, Franciscus, Franciescus, Francieskus, Francis, Francies, Cies (Franciska, 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
Ferenc
, Feri, Franciska (female version) * ICELANDIC : Frans * INDONESIAN : Fransiskus, Fransiska (female version) * IRISH : Proinsias , Proinnsias , (all variants are valid for both males Franca , Francesca
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
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
Francisco
, Francisquinho, Chico, Chiquinho, Quico, Fran, Paco
Paco
(diminutives) 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
France
, Franci, Franc, Fran , Franko * SPANISH : Francisco
Francisco
, Paco
Paco
, Paquito, Curro, Fran , Quico , Pancho , Cisco
Cisco
, Chisco , 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

* 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
Francis Drake
, English sea captain. * Francis Dugas (1919-2008), member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. * 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
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
Francis Maude
, politician. * Francis Blackley (born 1980) English-German musician and bmx/downhill rider. * Francis Molo (born 1994), New Zealand-Australian rugby league player. * Francis Valentino American Musician. * Francis Webb (other) , multiple people.

ARISTOCRACY

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

France

* Francis I of France
France
, King of France
France
(1494–1547) * Francis II of France
France
, King of France
France
(1544–1560) * 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

* Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor
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

* 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 (1822–1902), Duke of Cádiz, King Consort of Queen Isabella II

Italy

* 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

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

Scandinavia

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

RELIGIOUS FIGURES

* Pope Francis
Pope Francis
(born 1936), the current Pope
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
Francis Cardinal George
, OMI (1937–2015), Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Chicago (1997-2014)

FICTIONAL CHARACTERS

* 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
Francis Urquhart
, lead character of the British political thriller House of Cards (UK TV series)
House of Cards (UK TV series)
* 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
Malcolm in the Middle
. * Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
Cross, "Frank", Scrooge-like protagonist in the Christmas comedy Scrooged
Scrooged
.

SEE ALSO

* Francis (surname) * Francis (other)

REFERENCES

* ^ "Francis". Merriam-Webster
Merriam-Webster
Dictionary . Retrieved 2016-02-07. * ^ "Francis". Oxford Dictionaries
Oxford Dictionaries
. Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press
. Retrieved 2016-02-07. * ^ Navarro, Yvonne (2007). First Name Reverse Dictionary: Given Names Listed by Meaning, 2d ed. McFarla