Frank /fræŋk/ is a masculine given name.

Ultimately from the Germanic tribal name of the Franks, in the early medieval Frankish Empire, the status of being "a Frank" became synonymous with that of a free man; hence also the English adjective frank (Middle English, from Old French franc, 12th century).

Use as a given name seems to arise already in the Carolingian period; the Old High German form Francho, Franko is on record from the 8th century.[1] While Frank is a given name in its own right, in fact reflecting the Old Frankish form *Frank, the given name in the United States arose again in the 20th century as a short form of Francis (which is itself a shortening of Franciscus, i.e. "the Frenchman", in reference to Saint Francis of Assisi), as popularized by Frank Sinatra (born Francis Albert Sinatra, 1915–1998).[citation needed]

People with the given name

In arts

Also see Frank in fictional characters

In architecture

In comics

In film and television

In literature

In music

  • Frank Bello (born 1965), American bassist of thrash metal band Anthrax
  • Frank Black (born 1965), American musician
  • Frank Gambale (born 1958), Australian jazz fusion guitarist
  • Frank Iero (born 1981), former rhythm guitarist for the band My Chemical Romance and lead singer for the band Leathermouth
  • Frank Klepacki (born 1974), American video game music composer best known for his work on the Command & Conquer series
  • Frank Marino (born 1954), Canadian guitarist and hard rock band leader
  • Frank Marshall (pianist) (1883–1959), Spanish pianist and pedagogue
  • Frank Ocean (born 1987), American musician
  • Frank Sinatra (1915–1998), American singer, actor and dancer
  • Frank Turner (born 1981), British folk/punk singer songwriter
  • Frank Edwin Wright III (known as Tre Cool, born 1972), drummer of the band Green Day
  • Frank Zappa (1940–1993), American musician and composer

In radio

In sports


See also


  1. ^ Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches Namenbuch (1856), 413.