Frances Name Meaning & Origin

Frances

Pronunciation: FRAN-sis (key)

Origin of the name Frances:

French feminine form of Franceis (a Frank, from the Frankish Empire).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Nicknames for Frances

Frannie, Fran, Francie, Frankie, Fanny, Franny, Frani, Francy

I would highly advise against using Fanny if you live in an English-speaking Country though.

Meanings and history of the name Frances

Frances means Free

Famous real-life people named Frances

Frances Ethel Gumm - birth name of American actress Judy Garland
Frances Bean Cobain - daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love
Frances McDormand - American actress
Frances Fitzgerald - American journalist and author
Frances Mayes - American author
Frances Elena Farmer - American actress
Frances O'Connor - Australian actress
Frances Conroy - American actress
Frances Perkins, US Secretary of Labor under FDR. She was the first woman to serve as a cabinet secretary.
Frances Cunningham Finch Lee. The mother of Harper Lee (author of To Kill a Mockingbird).
Frances Clementine Suplee (b. 2006), daughter of American film and television actor Ethan Suplee
Frances Pen Benioff (b. 2007), daughter of American actress and writer Amanda Peet
Frances Burrell (b. 2010), daughter of American actor and comedian Ty Burrell

Frances in song, story & screen

Frances, a temperamental young badger in Russell Hoban's picture books
Franny Glass, a character in JD Salinger's fiction, most notably the novel Franny and Zooey
Frances "Baby" Houseman, the heroine of the film "Dirty Dancing", played by Jennifer Grey

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