|Language(s)||French, Haitian Creole, Latin|
|Name day||October 4|
|Related names||Franciscus, Francisco, Francesco, François, Franz, Franciszek, Francesc, Ferenc, Franco, Frans, Frank, Franklin, Frankie, Franky|
Francis is an English given name of 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 Frannie is for Frances. (Less common is the diminutive Franny, used for either Francis or Frances).
Francesco ("the Frenchman" in medieval Italian) 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 "free".
The characteristic national weapon of the 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: (Far?nshisk?), (Farans?s), ? (Far?ns?s)
- Aragonese: Francho
- Armenian (Franciskos)
- Asturian: Xicu
- Albanian: Françesku
- Alemannic German: Franz
- Basque: Frantzisko, Frantziska, Patxi
- Belarusian: Franci?ak, (Frantsishak)
- Bulgarian? (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 (Fúl?ngx?s?), (F?ngjìgè), ? (F?lánx?s?)
- Corsican: Francescu, Franciscu
- Croatian: Franjo, Frano, Frane, Fran (male version); Franciska, Franka, Franca, Franjica (female version)
- Czech: Franti?ek, Franti?ka (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)
- 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, (?), Frantzeskos (), Frankiski (), Frantzeska (?) (female version)
- Gujarati: (Phr?nsis)
- Hawaiian: Palakiko
- Hindi? (Phr?nsis)
- 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? (Furanshisu) (for translation of English name), (Furanshisuko) (for translation of Christian name)
- Kannada (Phr?nsis)
- Konkani: Frask, Forso
- Korean (Peuransiseu), (Peuranchesko)
- Latin: Franciscus
- Latvian: Francisks, Francis
- Lithuanian: Francas, Pranci?kus (historical)
- Lombard: Francesch
- Luo (Ke/Tz): Fransisko, Pransis
- Macedonian (Frensis)
- Malayalam? (Porinchu/Porinju), 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: Fran?isk, Frans
- Manx: Frank
- Neapolitan: Francesco (diminutives: Ciccio, Ciccillo)
- Norman: Françouais
- Norwegian: Frans, Franciskus
- Occitan: Francés
- Persian: ? (Fr?ns?s or Fer?ns?s)
- Piedmontese: Fransesch
- Polish: Franciszek, (diminutives: Franek, Franio, Franu?) (male version), Franciszka, (diminutives: Franka, Frania) (female version)
- Portuguese: Francisco, Francisquinho, Chico, Chiquinho, Quico, Fran, Paco (diminutives) Francisca (female version), Francisquinha, Chica, Chiquinha, Quica (diminutives)
- Romanian: Francisc, Frâncu
- Russian: (Franchesko) for Italians, (Frantsisk) for popes, (Frants) for Germans, ? (Fransua) for French.
- Samogitian: Pranckos
- Sardinian: Franchiscu, Franciscu, Frantziscu (male version); Franchisca, Francisca, Frantzisca (female version); Tzitzeddu/Tzitzedda, Tzischeddu/Tzischedda, Ciccìttu/Ciccìtta (diminutives)
- Scottish Gaelic: Frangag, Frances, Francis
- Serbian, Franja, Franc, Francisko (rare in native usage),Slobodan (local version)
- Sicilian: Franciscu, Ciscu
- Slovak: Franti?ek
- Slovene: Fran?i?ek, Fran?ek, France, Franci, Franc, Fran, Franko
- Spanish: Francisco, Paco, Paquito, Curro, Fran, Quico, Pancho, Cisco, Chisco, Francisca (female version), Paca (female version), Paqui or Paquita (female version)
- Swahili: Fransisko
- Swedish: Franciskus, Frans
- Tamil (Pircis)
- Telugu (Phr?nsis)
- Thai (F r?n sis?)
- Turkish: Frans?z, Fransuva
- Ukrainian? (Frantsysk), (Frantsyska, female version)
- Venetian: Francesco
- Vietnamese: Phanxicô
- Welsh: Fransis
- West Frisian: Fransiskus
- Yiddish? (Pr'ansys)
List of people with the given name Francis
- Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist, author and pioneer of the scientific method.
- Francis Bacon (1909-1992), Artist.
- Francis Baines (1648-1710), English Jesuit.
- Francis Martin Patrick "Frankie" Boyle (born 1972), British stand-up comedian.
- Francis C. Heitmeier (born 1950), American politician.
- 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 Donald Logan (born 1930), American historian
- Francis Drake (1540-1596), 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 (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 (1779-1843), writer of the American national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner".
- Francis Kilcoyne (died 1985), American President of Brooklyn College
- 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 Davis Millet, (1848-1912), American artist and RMS Titanic sinking victim.
- Francis Molo (born 1994), New Zealand-Australian rugby league player.
- Francis Owusu (born 1994), American football player
- Francis Valentino American Musician.
- Francis Webb (disambiguation), multiple people.
- 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 the 1998 Disney/Pixar film A Bug's Life.
- Francis, 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
- Francis E. Francis, a character from The Boss Baby
- Frank Gallagher, from the UK TV show Shameless
- Francis, a nerdy chameleon and one of the bosses in the video game Super Paper Mario