From the Latin name Franciscus, meaning “Frenchman”.
It is also used as a feminine name.
Francis is associated with the Germanic tribe called Franks.
The name became popular due to Saint Francis of Assisi.
He is a venerated religious figure, canonized in 1228 by Pope Gregory IX, a patron saint of Italy, of natural environment and animals.
His father gave him the name Francisco, although he was baptized Giovanni, because he was an admirer of the French.
Saint Francis renounced his wealth, founded the Franciscan order of friars and devoted his life to the poor.
Other forms of the name are: Frances, François, Francisco, Franc, Frans, Chico, Paco, Pancho, Frano, Frank, Frankie.
Feminine forms are: Francis, Frances, Françoise, Frankie, Francesca, Frantziska, Frannie, Fanny, Chica, Cissy, Sissy, Franciska, Paquita.