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Francis is a male name .

Origin and meaning

Franziskus is the Latinized first name of the Italian name Francesco in German or Franciscus in Middle Latin . A short form common in the German language is Franz . The female form of the name is Franziska .

The name is derived from the Italian nickname Francesco ("little French"). This was used by his parents for Giovanni Bernardone , who came to be known as Francis of Assisi or Saint Francis . It is particularly widespread in southern Germany and has its roots in the Old French franc for "free", which was used in the Latin language as francus .

Name bearer

Francis as first name and single name

Francis as a surname


  1. a b c Elke Gerr: The large first name book, Schlütersche 2011, p. 68, online in Google books
  2. a b Teresa Norman: World of Baby Names, A (Revised), Penguin 2003, p. 179, online in Google books (English)