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Francis is a first name for boys, occasionally also given to girls.

Francis – popular and common in the US!

The name Francis isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all boys names, Francis ranks 477. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn boys, approximately 3 were named Francis. In the entire USA, approximately 291,422 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Francis. That is 0.09 % of all living Americans.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Francis mean?

Francis is the English form of the Latin name Franciscus meaning ‘Frenchman’. The Germanic tribe of the Franks settled in the regions now called France, Belgium and the Netherlands in the 3rd and 4th century.

Frances is a ... popular feminine spelling. There is a popular mnemonic for this name: 'i for him and e for her'.

Francis -
well known in all states of the USA, most popular in Massachusetts

There are only 386 different male names registered in every single state in the U.S., and Francis is one of them. However, Francis is not equally widespread in all states, but people in Massachusetts seem to particularly fancy this name – the 28,785 men called Francis who live here are 0,706% of all male residents and push their name up to #30 in our SmartGenius statistics, easily placing it in the top 100 most common male names in Massachusetts. If you look at all the states in the USA together, you can currently find as many as 291,422 people with the name Francis. Across all regions and age groups, this lands Francis on position 129 in our SmartGenius ranking of the top male names – of course, the current popularity as a baby name for newborns looks somewhat different, as you can see from the statistics above.

Francis has 7 letters 
and begins with an F

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter F is quite rare as a first letter for boys' names: only 1.5% of all common boys' names in the US begin with an F. By the way, the most common first letters of boys' names are J, A and D, while X, U and Q are the least common initials of boys' names.

With seven letters, the name Francis has a typical length for first names in the US. In fact, 26% of all common first names consist of exactly seven letters. 52% of all first names are shorter, while 22% have eight letters or more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

Therefore: As 1.5% of all boys' names begin with an F, this initial letter is significantly less common than the other letters on average. However, individual boys' names with F are really popular, the most common currently being Frank.

Other names with 
F, r, a, n, c, i and s

If you take all the letters in the name Francis – F, r, a, n, c, i and s – and put them together again, you can form another name, such as Franics.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Francis

If your name is Francis and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Francis

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Francis, you can simply say:








This is how the name Francis is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Francis in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Francis

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Francis is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Francis

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Francis sounds like this: