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Frances

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Origin: Teutonic
Meaning: Free

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Frances

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Frances in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Frances:

  • Records indicate that 586,090 girls in the United States have been named Frances since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 16,126 people in the U.S. were given the name Frances. Those people are now 100 years old.

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    Comments about the name Frances

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      14 Positive Comments

  • "I'm a Frances, and again have had problems with the I when I correct people they ask me if I'm sure??? Eh yeah I think I know how to spell my name. On the other hand my surname is Smyth once again people spell with an I. I've always liked my name although it is an I'm older name I've known quite a few Frances but as a lot of Irish men are called Frank a lot of girls are called after their fathers, except for me mines a Brendan my parents just liked the name. ❤" Oct. 15, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Frances and I think it is a very pretty name,but 90 percent of the people spell it like a boys name. I hate it when some people pronounce it Franches and I quickly correct them. I love my name and think it is pretty because my mother said I was a beautiful baby and deserved a beautiful name." Aug. 31, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Frances is my name and lots of people call me Fran and Frannie but what I hate the most is Francie or Francine I HATE it. And I also hate when people spell it the boy way Francis but besides that I really like my name its tomboyish and I hang out with boys most of my time so I like it." Oct. 22, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Frances. I'm in my 50s and when I was a child I didn't like having such an unusual name. I had to grow into it and now I think it suits me -- unusual and slightly old-fashioned. Also am driven mad by people who spell it "Francis", even when responding to messages where I very clearly signed my name. I don't like being called Fran but wouldn't mind Franny, but nobody does. My favorite literary counterpart is the character Francie in A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN." Apr. 29, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name...and tend to correct people who spell it with a I, since that is usually used for men named Francis. Although I have a namesake...and they used a I! That's ok. I am named after my father who was Frank. I never met a Frances that I didn't like, and there aren't many who I have met. There is a Frances buried close to my father." Apr. 12, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Frances and I like my name, but I hate it when people think I'm a guy and spell it with an I- I'm pretty sure that any other Frances (when the name isn't popular) has had this experience! I'm 12, so it isn't just old people who have this name, though I AM named after my great-aunt.." Feb. 18, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandma's name was Frances and I would name a daughter Frances if I have one. I like family names because whether it's popular or unpopular, it doesn't matter!" Jun. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Frances and I absolutely love it. I'll be honest and say that I wasn't thrilled about it when I was a kid and attended school with all the Jennies, Stephanies and Britannys, but now I really appreciate the uniqueness of the name." Nov. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Frances and I love my name...until it gets shortened to Fran, Fan, Francie, Fannie, Frannie, Frankie, or any other corruption. And yes, it is often misspelled with an "i". I thought I was the only one with that name until I became an adult. Then there were two other where I worked, and three others in my club!" Nov. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I dont here of many people called Frances, think that it is a lovely name for a little girl, also sounds good for a grown up. Its a classic, very tasteful. UK)" Oct. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Lots of people spell it Francis. Ignorance! I like my name :)" Aug. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Frances and i love my name. Not man people have that name and you cant ever get mixed up with sum1 else:D" May. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "the nick names for frances tend to come towords fenny" Dec. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Frances! It's fantastic being called Granny Franny when you're nine years old. It's wonderful that the only people you know named Frances are aunts and grandmothers. Now that I'm forty and fabulous, I'm also forty and Frances...finally living up to my fab Francesness." Oct. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "The reason I am on this page is because I never hear of anyone being named Frances anymore. I am Frances, age 79, and have always disliked my name. I too got kidded about "Francis The Talking Mule."" Oct. 10, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Only older woman here are called Frances. Nicknames tend to be Fran,Franny,Francie,Fancy." Mar. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      14 Neutral Comments

  • "I'm a Frances Adele but like to be called fran. I never liked my name growing up because no one else was called it. From time to time I meet a few with the same name but there are not many of us. I find it a strong name and only us Frances can pull it off. It's unique and that's what I like about it now." Jun. 4, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name so much I think it is very pretty ." Dec. 22, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name so much I think it is very pretty ." Dec. 22, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My older sister's name is Frances. She is like her name: unique and old-fashioned. Now she is a grandmother and have six grandchildren and they cal her Granny Franny. But no one else calls her other way than Frances. No diminutives, no other forms, she's just a Frances for all the people besides her grandchildren. And no one calls her Francis." Jul. 3, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 17 and I live my name, although I do have it shortened most of the time to Fran. However this is mainly because my best friends name is also Frances and we have been friends since we were four and our birthdays are actually around two weeks apart. We also found it weird how of all the people in our area we two of the same name ended up going to the same school and being the bestest of friends! Although I will admit that when I meet people (even if they don't know my best friend) I tell them my name is 'Fran', mainly because I'm so used to that name now I suppose." Feb. 27, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've had this name for 84 years, but for the first 5 years I was called Shashie because that's how I pronounced it. So when I started to school I couldn't get used to being called Frances. Seemed like they were talking about someone else. It's always been kind of a problem and I thought I hated the name, but after all these years I'm getting used to it at last and even beginning to like it. It's rather elegant. I was named for an aunt whose name was Francesca. I like that better. I hate it when someone spells it with an "i" and I always say, "E" is in "her," "I" is in "him."" Sep. 9, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Frances too. I hated my name growing up. It was an old persons name and not pretty. I wanted to be called Abigale but I wasn't allowed to change my name. It didn't help that my middle names are Norma Louise! I have now excepted and grow into it." May. 1, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I never liked it. It doesn't have a ring with my last name. I hated it more when I found out my father named me.(another story). I don't mind being called Fran, Francie,even Francine but DON'T CALL ME Frannie. When I was a kid I got 'Francis the talking mule' from the movie." Mar. 24, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Frances. I've never really liked it much. Everyone calls me Fran, which I kind of like. Some people call me Frankie, like all my best friends. Which I love a lot. I wish people would call me Frankie more often! It really annoys me when people spell it with an "i" like a boys' name. But luckily it doesn't happen very often! :)" Jan. 13, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my name and I feel it is awkward to say. I tell people my name is Fran (marginally better). My middle name is Renee which is no better to go by. I prefer and have considered Donna which is my grandmother's name. Then I could be Donna Frances which I like a lot." Mar. 30, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "not ONLY old people. im 12 and its my middle name. gosh i REALLY hate it. its just not me." Jan. 8, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle name is Frances but was always called "Frankie". I hated it growing up and insisted on being called by my first name. Now I'm 43 and really like the name as it is feminine yet tomboyish....just like me :)" Oct. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mums called frances in my opinion i think its a nice classic name ok its an old name but its not a boring old name like rebekah." Sep. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mom, on her fifth baby, Frances, had a still birth. She said that she looked like all of us, Monica, Hannah(me), Jacob and Emily. Now we have three more kids, Gabriel, Bridget and Sophia." Nov. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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