Meaning and Origin of Frances - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Frances

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Girl name origins & meanings:

  • Old French : Free; an androgynous name, though Frances is generally used for girls and Francis for boys

Family name origins & meanings:

  • English : variant spelling of Francis.
  • Spanish (Francés), Portuguese (Francês), and southern French and Catalan (Francès) : from an ethnic name meaning ‘Frenchman’ (see Francis).

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