Of Latin and Germanic origin.
Usually the feminine form of the name Francis.
The peak of the name’s popularity was in 1910’s and it seems that a possible revival of Frances occurs in the last few years.
Frances was commonly used both as a feminine and masculine name until the 17th century. It was after that period that the distinction between the two names aroused.
Other forms of the name are: Francisca, Françoise, Franca, Chica, Fran, Franny, Sissy, Francine, Franka, Franziska.
Famous bearers are Frances McDormand, Frances Fisher, Frances Barber, Frances O’Connor, Frances Sternhagen, Frances de la Tour, Frances Farmer, Frances Bay, Frances Browne, Frances Arnold, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Frances Marion.
Academy Awards Winner, actress Frances McDormand, has won almost all critical prizes in her carrier. Watch a biography video: