Girl Baby Name

Francine

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Quick Facts on Francine

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
fran-SEEN
Simple meaning:
Little French One; Little Free One

Characteristics of Francine

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Francine

Francine is a French name (pronounced frawn-SEEN in France); it’s the diminutive of Françoise, itself the female form of François – the masculine equivalent of Francis.  All of the “Francis” names are ultimately derived from the Latin Franciscus which means, literally, “Frankish” (cognate with “French”). The Franks were the precursors to the present-day French people; originating as a Germanic people that conquered northern Gaul from the Romans during the collapse of the Roman Empire and established France for themselves. The origin of the ethnic tribal name is uncertain, though some etymologists surmise it may be derivative of *frankon, an ancient Germanic word for “javelin” (in reference to the tribe’s preferred weapon of war). The Medieval Latin Franc, however, came to mean, quite literally, “a freeman, a Frank” in reference to the French people in general, ultimately borrowed from the Old French “franc” meaning “free, liberal, generous.”   Therefore, as a feminine diminutive, Francine basically means “little free one” or “little French girl.”  Frances (English), Francesca (Italian), and Françoise/Francine (French) are all female names that came into circulation around the 14th century and exclusively in honor of one man: St. Francis of Assisi. Interestingly, St. Francis’s baptismal name was actually Giovanni, but his father gave him the nickname “Franciscus” in honor of the French people who he greatly admired.  One of the most important and popular saints ever (and certainly in his own life time), St. Francis established the Franciscan Order.  He and his disciples dedicated themselves to humility, poverty and the love for all living creatures. St. Francis is often depicted surrounded by animals, particularly birds (not only is he the patron saint of animals and the environment, but he is also the patron saint of Italy).  Indeed, Francis (and all of his linguistic off-shoots) is a very holy name among Catholics. Even today’s Pope Francis chose his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Popularity of the Name Francine

French names have never gained super-popularity in the United States simply because we have never seen a large wave of immigration of the French to America (as we have with Italians or Irish, for example).  However, from time to time French-inspired names do appear on the U.S. popularity charts. Francine first appeared on America’s Top 1000 list early last century in 1916, and she quietly grew in popularity. The name saw most of her success during the 1940s and 50s – reaching a high on the charts at position #216 in 1946. However, by the 1970s, Francine was losing her luster. In fact, 1987 marks the last year Francine would claim Top 1000 status. Only 39 baby girls were given this name in 2013 – clearly she’s off the American radar. This is great news for parents looking for a unique, underused name, but one that’s loaded with interesting history and meaning.  Francine is also one of those darling names for a young girl, but one that ages nicely into adulthood – plus there’s a myriad of nicknames associated her: Fran, Frannie, Frankie, Fannie, Sissy, CiCi, etc. 
Popularity of the Girl Name Francine
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Francine

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Francine

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Francine

    Francine We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Francine.

  • Popular Songs on Francine

    Popular Songs on Francine

    Francine - a song by ZZ Top

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Francine

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Francine

    Arthur and the True Francine (Marc Brown) - The first book where Arthur and his friends are in the third grade, and that school year has since become their present time in the series. Francine and Muffy are good friends until Muffy lets Francine take the blame for cheating on a test. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Francine and Matt: Vanity Insanity! (Simone Paz) - Kindle Edition. Francine the cat and Matthew the mouse are very unlikely friends. Fran is vain and selfish, while Matt is humble and sweet. One day Fran's owner leaves for the night to tend to a needy friend. When a neighbor forgets to feed her, the angry and impatient cat hastily eats some raw eggs. This results in an allergic reaction which causes her beautiful fur to fall out! For once, Fran feels ugly and vulnerable, but through the caper she learns that looks are not as important as what's on the inside, and that being vain, impatient and greedy are not traits to be admired! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Francine and the Eight-Legged Monster (Speedy Publishing) - Francine is a small coral crab who lives by the reef and helps to protect it-or at least he will when he gets bigger. He is playing along the reef one day when he sees two eyes peeking at him from underneath a rock. As he slowly approaches the object he saw, a small octopus creeps out from underneath the stone. Francine has never seen an octopus before so he screams and runs home to tell his mom he saw a monster. When he comes back with his mom the octopus is gone. When he is alone again the octopus comes back out and tries to talk to him and be friends, but Francine is still afraid because the octopus looks different. The octopus sadly swims away. One day when Francine is playing with his friend Barnie, he accidentally goes too far out and gets caught in a current that quickly sweeps him out toward deeper water. Frantically he yells for help, but Barnie can't reach him. Out of nowhere, the octopus appears again and helps him back to safety. They begin to talk and Francine discovers that they are the same age and have a lot of things in common. He also finds out that just because someone looks different doesn't necessarily makes them scary. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Loud Silence of Francine Green (Karen Cushman) - Kindle Edition. Francine Green doesn’t speak up much, and who can blame her? Her parents aren’t interested in her opinions, the nuns at school punish girls who ask too many questions, and the House Committee on Un-American Activities is blacklisting people who express unpopular ideas. There’s safety in silence. Francine would rather lose herself in a book, or in daydreams about her favorite Hollywood stars, than risk attracting attention or getting in trouble. But when outspoken, passionate Sophie Bowman transfers into Francine’s class at All Saints School for Girls, Francine finds herself thinking about things that never concerned her before—free speech, the atom bomb, the existence of God, the way people treat each other. Eventually, Francine discovers that she not only has something to say, she is absolutely determined to say it. Once again, Karen Cushman follows a young woman’s progress toward her true self, this time exploring the nature of friendship and the experience of growing up Catholic in an era that is both fascinating and relevant to today’s young people. Recommended for ages 10-14.

  • Famous People Named Francine

    Famous People Named Francine

    Famous People Named Francine - Francine "Fran" Drescher (actress); Francine Prose (writer); Francine Pascal (writer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Francine

    Children of Famous People Named Francine

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Francine - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Francine.

  • Historic Figures

    Francine - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Francine - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Francine.

Personality of the Girl Name Francine

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Francine

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