Name: Frances

Origin and Meaning of the Name Frances

  • Meaning:
    From France
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  • Meaning:
    Free
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  • Gender:
    Girl
  • Pronunciation:
    (FRAN sus)
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Miscellaneous Info for Frances

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    The Latin term "Franciscus," meaning "Frenchman," derives from the Old French word "franc," which meant "free."

    Frances or Fanny Burney was an English novelist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Three of her novels had names in the titles - 'Camilla', 'Cecilia' and 'Evelina'. Frances Hodgson Burnett was an author, responsible for children's stories such as 'The Secret Garden' and 'A Little Princess'.

    Other famous bearers of the name Frances include Frances Perkins - the first lady appointed to the American cabinet, actress Frances McDormand and a 1982 film about the life of actress Frances Farmer.

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