Francis is a French and English given name of
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
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.
2 Related names in other languages
3 List of people with the given name Francis
3.1.2 German-speaking countries
3.1.3 Iberian monarchies
3.2 Religious figures
4 Fictional characters
5 See also
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,
François, etc.). However, it was not regularly used in Britain until
the 16th century as Francis.
The name of
France itself comes from the Germanic people known as the
Franks; the origin of their name is unclear but is thought to mean
The characteristic national weapon of the
Franks was the francisca, a
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
Arabic: فرانشيسكو (Farānsheskū), فرنسيس (Fransĩs),
Armenian: Ֆրանծիսկոս (Franciskos)
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),
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 or Francien is used to signify
the female version in the Netherlands)
Finnish: Frans, Fransiscus,"Ransu".
French: François, Francis, Francisque (rare) (male version);
Francine (female version)
German: Franziskus, Franz,
Franziska (female version)
Greek: Fragiskos, Fragkiskos, Frangiskos, Frangkiskos, Frankiskos,
(Φραγκίσκος), Frantzeskos (Φραντζέσκος),
Frankiski (Φραγκίσκη), Frantzeska (Φραντζέσκα)
Gujarati: ફ્રાન્સિસ (Phrānsisa)
Hindi: फ्रांसिस (Phrānsisa)
Hungarian: Ferenc, Feri, Franciska (female version)
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
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
Kannada: ಫ್ರಾನ್ಸಿಸ್ (Phrānsis)
Konkani: Frask, Forso
Korean: Pranchisko (프란치스코)
Lithuanian: Francas, Pranciškus (historical)
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
Maltese: Franġisk, Frans
Norwegian: Frans, Franciskus
Portuguese: Francisco, Francisquinho, Chico, Chiquinho, Quico, Fran,
Francisca (female version), Francisquinha, Chica,
Chiquinha, Quica (diminutives)
Romanian: Francisc, Frâncu
Russian: Франческо (Franchesko) for Italians,
Франциск (Frantsisk) for popes, Франц (Frants) for
Sardinian: Franchiscu, Franciscu, Frantziscu
Scottish Gaelic: Frangag, Frances, Francis
Serbian: Френсис, Franja, Franc, Francisko (rare in native
Sicilian: Franciscu, Ciscu
Slovene: Frančišek, Franček, France, Franci, Franc, Fran, Franko
Spanish: Francisco, Paco, Paquito, Curro, Fran, Quico, Pancho, Cisco,
Francisca (female version),
Paca (female version), Paqui or
Paquita (female version)
Swedish: Franciskus, Frans
Tamil: பிரான்சிஸ் (Pirāṉcis)
Telugu: ఫ్రాన్సిస్ (Phrānsis)
Thai: ฟรานซิส (F rān sis̄)
Turkish: Fransız, Fransuva
West Frisian: Fransiskus
Yiddish: פראַנסיס (Prʼansys)
Ukrainian: Франциск (Frantsisk)
List of people with the given name Francis
Francis Bacon (1561–1626), English philosopher, statesman,
scientist, lawyer, jurist, author and pioneer of the scientific
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,
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (1915-1998), American singer, actor,
Francis E. Donoghue (1872–1952), member of Illinois State House of
Francis Drake, English sea captain.
Francis Dugas (1919-2008), member of the Louisiana House of
Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Francis Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), American novelist and short
Francis B. Foley (1887-1973), American metallurgist.
Francis Fontaine (author) (1845-1901), American poet and novelist.
Francis Fukuyama (born 1952), American political scientist.
Francis Alick "Frankie" Howerd (1917-1992), British comedian and
Francis Irving, British computer programmer and activist for freedom
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 (born 1994), New Zealand-Australian rugby league player.
Francis Valentino American Musician.
Francis Webb (other), multiple people.
Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor
Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1708–1765), also Francis III, Duke of
Francis I of France, King of
Francis II of France, King of
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)
Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, also Francis I, Emperor of Austria
Franz, Duke of Bavaria
Franz, Duke of Bavaria (born 1933), called "Francis II" by Jacobite
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
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)
Francis I Rákóczi, Prince of Transylvania (1645–1676)
Francis II Rákóczi, Duke of Hungary and Prince Transylvania
Francis of Denmark
Francis of Denmark (1497-1511), Prince of Denmark, Norway and Sweden
Pope Francis (born 1936), the current Pope
Francis of Assisi
Francis of Assisi (1181/1182–1226), Italian Catholic friar and
Francis de Sales
Francis de Sales (1567–1622), French Catholic bishop and saint
Francis Xavier (1506–1552), Spanish Catholic friar and saint
Francis Cardinal George, OMI (1937–2015), Archbishop Emeritus of the
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago (1997-2014)
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
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 Cross, "Frank", Scrooge-like protagonist in the
Christmas comedy Scrooged.
Francis Freeman, a character from Deadpool (Film)
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