[ 2 syll. fran-ces, fr-anc-es ] The baby boy name Frances is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being much more common. Its pronunciation is FRAENSahS †. The origin of Frances is Italian. Frances is a variant of the name Francis (English).
See also the related category italian.
Frances is uncommon as a baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1901, 0.022% of baby boys were given the name Frances. Its ranking then was #376. The baby name has since fallen out of favor, and is currently of irregular use. Within the group of boy names directly linked to Frances, Francis was the most popular in 2018. Frances has in the past century been predominantly given to girls. In 1947, Frances as a girl name outnumbered its use as a boy name by 159 times.
Baby names that sound like Frances include Farhang, Ferenc (Hungarian), Ferench (Hungarian), Ferenk, Ffransis (Welsh), Firenze, Frana (Czech), Francesc (Catalan), Francie (English), Francis (English), Francisque (French), Franciszk (Polish), Franco (Italian and Spanish), Francois (French), Francys, François (French), Franek (Polish), Frankea, Frankee, and Frankey.
† English pronunciation for Frances: F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"