Frances: baby girl name meaning and popularity

Frances

Said to be a feminine form of the typically masculine Francis, this name means “from France” or “free one.” Your Frances may be intrigued by the romance of Paris, but hopefully she doesn’t feel “free” to rip off her own diaper during naptime.

Nicknames:

Fran, Frannie, Frankie, Francie, Fannie, Fanny.

Famous people named Frances:

Suffragist Frances Willard; actresses Frances McDormand, Frances Fisher, Frances Conroy; Irish singer Frances Black; novelist Frances Hodgson Burnett; first woman appointed to the U.S. cabinet Frances Perkins; journalist Frances Fitzgerald; daughter of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain; daughter of Ty Burrell; daughter of Amanda Peet.

Fun fact:

Frances Ethel Gumm was the birth name of actress Judy Garland.

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