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Quick Facts on Francisco

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 218
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Francisco

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Francisco

Francisco is the Spanish and Portuguese equivalent of the male name Francis, which is the English equivalent of the Late Latinate Franciscus, a vocabulary word denoting ‘French’ or ‘Frenchman.’ This was a nickname given to St. Francis of Assisi (whose baptismal name was actually Giovanni) because of his wealthy father’s business connections in France and his general admiration of the French people. St. Francis had a pleasant, happy childhood, but as a young man, a couple of bad experiences caused him to turn away from the material world and devote himself to the poor and sick. After he was joined by a few disciples, these so-called Franciscans dedicated themselves to humility, poverty and the love for all living creatures. St. Francis (or San Francisco to the Spanish) is often depicted surrounded by animals, particularly birds. It’s no surprise that St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment, but he is also the patron saint of Italy. Thanks to the cult that grew up around St. Francis, the name spread in the 14th century and became even more popular during the Italian Renaissance of the 16th century. Apparently, the Spanish sometimes shorten Francisco to Paco, while the Portuguese use Chico as a pet form. In Latin America, where Francisco is also popular, the nickname Pancho is sometimes used. That makes the Spanish/Portuguese version of this name quite flexible in terms of charming nicknames and pet forms. According to 2007 data, Francisco was the 40th most popular boy’s name in Spain. The name is also quite popular throughout Latin America and Mexico.

Popularity of the Name Francisco

Francisco has been slowly climbing the U.S. popularity charts right along with the growing Hispanic/Latino population in America. The name almost hit the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names in the early 1990s, but couldn’t quite manage. Since then, the name has experienced some backwards momentum. Francisco is, however, currently a Top 100 in the states of California and Arizona (states with a high concentration of Latinos and Hispanics). Also, since California is riddled with Spanish history and its most prominent city is named San Francisco, we’re not surprised to see Francisco as a top choice for boys there. In fact, in America today, Francisco is more popular than its English counterpart Francis. Francisco is a poetic rendering of the English Francis thanks to the romance language from whence it came. And we just adore the possible nicknames and pet forms of Francisco: Paco, Pancho and Chico.
Popularity of the Boy Name Francisco
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Francisco

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Francisco

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Francisco

    Francisco d’Anconia (Atlas Shrugged) Francisco is one of the protagonists in Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged. The description of him is over the top – he is gorgeous, funny, intelligent, successful, witty, charming and stinking rich. On top of that, he has principles that shame the rest of us: He is willing to sacrifice the source of the family fortunes, d’Anconia Copper, in order to thwart the forces of nihilistic evil. He denounces his love for Dagny Taggart, knowing she is unable to support the strike he is dedicated to. He masks his true intentions in order to further his cause by adopting the persona of a vacuous playboy. He protects and defends Hank Reardon and ultimately saves his life, even though Reardon is with Dagny, the only woman he ever loved. Lest you think all this might set him up for a fall – not to worry. The strike is successful, and he is revealed as his true self for all to admire. In other words, he is an Ayn Rand character.

  • Popular Songs on Francisco

    Popular Songs on Francisco

    I Left My Heart in San Francisco - a song by Frank Sinatra

    Our Lady of San Francisco - a song by Cher

    San Francisco - a song by Brian Wilson

    San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) - a song by Scott McKenzie

    San Francisco (You've Got Me) - a song by the Village People

    San Francisco Bay Blues - a song by Eric Clapton

    San Francisco Bay Blues - a song by Peter, Paul & Mary

    San Francisco Days - a song by Chris Isaak

    San Francisco Mabel Joy - a song by John Denver

    San Francisco Mabel Joy - a song by Waylon Jennings

    San Francisco Nights - a song by The Animals

    San Francisco Serenade - a song by Bad Astronaut

    San Francisco Town - a song by Buck Owens

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Francisco

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Francisco

    123 San Francisco: A Cool Counting Book (Puck) - Kids will count to 10 with some of San Francisco's most beloved symbols—the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, fortune cookies, Dungeness crabs, and the sea lions on Pier 39—in this board book featuring contemporary illustrations, dazzling colors, and bold, clear design. The end of the book includes a complete location list, in both English and Spanish, to help parents locate the symbols and landmarks and plan an entertaining trip to San Francisco. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto: Shepherds of Fatima (Anne Eileen Heffernan) - Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three children, Portuguese shepherds from Aljustrel, received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria, near Fatima. Mary asked them to learn to read and write and to pray the rosary 147 to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war. One the 148th rosary, they were to pray for sinners and for the conversion of Russia. Jacinta and Francisco were beatified in 2000. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Francisco Coronado (Karen Price Hossell) - What did Francisco Coronado hope to find when he explored the Southwest? Why was his expedition so important to the Spaniards? How did Native Americans help him on his journey? The 'Groundbreakers' series explores the lives of pioneering men and women. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Francisco Goya (Mike Venezia) - An entertaining and humorous introduction to the famous artist Francisco Goya accompanied by excellent color reproductions of his work. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Francisco Pizarro: Explorer of South America (Sandra J. Kachurek) - A biography profiling the life and career of the Spanish explorer and conqueror Francisco Pizarro, who marched into the Inca empire, held the Inca king for ransom, stuffed his pockets with gold and became governor of present-day Peru. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Good Night San Francisco (Adam Gamble) - Many of North America’s most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these boardbooks designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for the continent’s natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area’s attractions—such as the Rocky Mountains in Denver, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Lake Ontario in Toronto, and volcanoes in Hawaii. Rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Journey Around San Francisco From A to Z (Martha Day Zschock) - Make way for a Journey Around San Francisco! A friendly pelican guides explorers of all ages on a beautiful tour of the city, pointing out intriguing sights and fascinating history along the way. Ride a cable car. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Explore Alcatraz, the Presidio, and Muir Woods. Learn about San Francisco's diverse population and rich cultural life. A journey awaits on every page. Like other titles in the series that visit Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and more, these "Journeys" are much more than alphabet books. They are family treasures to be appreciated at several levels. The lovely, whimsical art is a treat for the youngest lap-reader. Each of the A-to-Z pages is headed with a clever alliterative sentence ("Fog floats in frequently"). A page's theme is developed in a paragraph of meticulously researched history, enhanced by playful trivia at the bottom of the page. There's a pelican on every page, too, sometimes in disguise! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    This is San Francisco (Miroslav Sasek) - Let the rumbling cable car tell you the story! And what a story: From the crookedest street in the world to the Peking ducks in Chinatown, San Francisco is easily one of the world's most enchanting cities. Illustrator Miroslav Sasek captures both the breathtaking landscape and the cosmopolitan flavor of the City by the Bay in This is San Francisco. First published in 1962, Sasek's jaunty, colorful illustrations will still dazzle kids and adults alike. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Francisco

    Famous People Named Francisco

    Famous People Named Francisco - Francisco Pizarro (Spanish conquistador); Francisco Goya (artist); Francisco Coronado (explorer); Francisco Liriano (baseball player); Francisco Marto (Fatima visionary); Francisco Rodríguez (baseball player); San Francisco (13th century saint)

  • Children of Famous People Named Francisco

    Children of Famous People Named Francisco

    Francisco - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Francisco.

Personality of the Boy Name Francisco

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 - Francisco

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