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Quick Facts on Frank

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 327
Simple meaning:
France, Frenchman, Free man

Characteristics of Frank

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Frank

Frank is the short form of Francis mainly used by the English, but also in Germany and Scandinavia. Francis is a masculine name from 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. This old classic has given way to several forms in various languages including François (French), Franz (German), Francisco (Spanish), and Francesco or Franco (Italian). The feminine versions of this name are Frances, Francesca or Françoise and the many pet forms include Franny, Frank, Fran, Fanny, Frankie, Frannie, and Sissy.

Popularity of the Name Frank

We have to admit. We were quite surprised to see that Frank has pretty much outperformed his original namesake Francis on the charts for the past 100 years. We always think of Frank as a pet form of Francis and not necessarily a given name in its own right. We were wrong. Frank is alive and kicking. It’s obviously the more masculine variation of Francis and it’s a short, confident one-syllable name. It’s a “frank” and straightforward choice. It’s also on the Top 100 list of most favored boy names in Sweden. In the United States, this name only enjoys moderate popularity now while 100 years ago it was at the top of its game as one of the ten most used boy names in America. Some people may think it’s a little dull and overly common among the trendier names of today. We disagree. Frank is a no-nonsense, strong and handsome name. Like Max, Jack, Alex and Sam – Frank holds his own as an independently given name.
Popularity of the Boy Name Frank
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Frank

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Frank

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Frank

    Francis “Frank” Armstrong Cleary (The Thorn Birds) Frank Armstrong is the favorite older brother of the protagonist, Meggie Cleary, in Colleen McCullough’s 1971 blockbuster, The Thorn Birds. Frank is a rebellious, quick-tempered young man, adored by his mother and scorned by his father – with good reason – it’s not his father. It seems that Mama had a serious love affair with a married man, had Frank out of wedlock, and was married off to Paddy Cleary in disgrace. Now that’s a stacked deck to come up against, and poor Frank makes the most of it. When he discovers his heritage, he runs away, much to the sorrow of his mother and sister, and they later learn that he is in prison for killing a man in a fight. We wish we could come up with a happier ending for him.

    Frank Churchill (Emma) Frank Churchill is the utterly charming, handsome, well-bred sometimes suitor of Emma Wedgewood in Jane Austen’s 1815 novel, Emma. He is an accomplished horseman and a perfect gentleman. Well, perhaps he’s also just a teeny bit shallow (he travels all the way to London for his haircuts), but he is so difficult to dislike. When we take a closer look at Frank, we see that he is perhaps something of a cad. He is living off his wealthy aunt and is unwilling to declare his intentions for his true love, Jane, whose social standing is lesser than his. In that vein, he pretends to pay suit to the rich girl, Emma, in order to safeguard his potential inheritance. Now, that’s not nice! However, as in all lovely novels of manners, all comes right in the end and true love prevails. And to be completely fair, he does suffer for his sins, and he does seem to grow as a person over the course of the novel. It just seems to us that he’s so much like Emma that he ought to have been paired with her, but we wouldn’t dare presume on Ms. Austen….

    Frank Hardy (The Hardy Boys) Frank Hardy is the older of “The Hardy Boys” in the popular series begun in 1927 by the Stratemeyer Syndicate and written under the collective pseudonym of Franklin W. Dixon. Several television adaptations followed over the years. A classic All-American boy, Frank is described as the “serious one” of the duo. Living in the fictional town of Bayport, Some State, the boys have constant thrilling adventures while chasing criminals, decoding mysteries, assisting their detective father on cases, outsmarting the police, and, in general, leading charmed lives. Money is apparently no object, as their passports will attest, as they travel to such foreign climes as Scotland and Egypt when crime takes a breather in Bayport. There is actually little to differentiate Frank from his brother Joe except that he is a year older, he is darker and he has a different platonic girlfriend. Think Tim Considine or Parker Stevenson, and you get the picture.

  • Popular Songs on Frank

    Popular Songs on Frank

    Blank Frank - a song by Brian Eno

    Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) - a song by Merle Haggard

    Dirty Frank - a song by Pearl Jam

    Frank - a song by Blood or Whiskey

    Frank - a song by Ween

    Frank and Jesse James - a song by Warren Zevon

    Frank and Lola - a song by Jimmy Buffett

    Frank Mills - a song by the Lemonheads

    Frank Sinatra - a song by Cake

    Frank to Valentino - a song by Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer

    Just Like Frank - a song by Less Than Jake [explicit]

    Old Frank - a song by Hank Williams, Jr.

    Our Frank - a song by Morrissey

    So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright - a song by Simon & Garfunkel

    The Frank Sinatra Blues - a song by Kid Gorgeous

    Uncle Frank - a song by Drive-By Truckers

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Frank

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Frank

    Big Frank's Fire Truck (Leslie McGuire) - Illustrated in full color. Ride along with Big Frank and the rest of the crew as they race to the scene of an accident, inspect the local KwikShop, demonstrate fire safety at Niceview Elementary School, and battle a raging brush fire! In between calls, hang out at the firehouse with Big Frank and the gang. It's all in a day's--and night's--work for our firefighting friends. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Counting on Frank (Rod Clement) - A boy and his dog present amusing counting, size comparison, and mathematical facts. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Frank and Beans and the Scary Campout (Kathy-jo Wargin) - Frank and Beans are camping in the backyard. But when the sun goes down, Frank hears all kinds of scary noises. And Beans is so scared he runs right out of the tent! What will Frank do now that he's alone? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas (Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen) - With its simple prose, handsome layout and hands-on approach, Thorne-Thomsen's biography/activity book is an unusually effective art book for children. The influences of Frank Lloyd Wright's (1867-1959) Wisconsin childhood--nature, music and close family ties--come to life in the author's sympathetically told anecdotes. The edible graham-cracker-and-icing model of Fallingwater is priceless. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (Keith Graves) - Ghoulish gross-outs abound in this one-joke ditty about a zombie's big break in showbiz. The opening spread pictures Frank at home, relaxing to an episode of Soul Train and accompanied by a patchwork monster-cat. Frank doesn't look like a hoofer. He's comprised of a skull-like green head (zippered around the top), a bulbous blue nose, glowing yellow eyes and skeletal limbs. Nonetheless, he has a dream, and to fulfill it, "He drove to the theater/ and jumped onstage./ Then he danced like his shoe size instead of his age!" During his performance, however, Frank makes a faux pas. His brain, complete with worms and flies, accidentally oozes onto the boards, "And after his arm/ fell out of his sleeve,/ the horrified audience/ started to leave." Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Funny Frank (Dick King-Smith) - This cheery twist on the ugly duckling story finds a barnyard chick named Frank longing to be a duck. From the moment he's hatched, Frank spends all his time at the edge of the pond. "Chickens can't swim," his worried mother tells him, but he tries anyway with near-disastrous results. Frank is rescued by the farmer's daughter who, with the help of her veterinarian uncle and dressmaker mother, devises a little wet suit for him out of an old hot-water bottle and makes flippers from rubber gloves. Frank quickly becomes not only a speed demon on the pond, out-swimming his web-footed pals, but also a hero when he saves his mother from a fox. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Way Out West Lives a Coyote Named Frank (Jillian Lund) - Whether he's hanging out with his friends, chasing rabbits, mixing it up with a Gila monster, or pondering the setting sun, Frank is one cool coyote. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Frank

    Famous People Named Frank

    Famous People Named Frank - Frank Sinatra (singer); Frank Lloyd Wright (architect); Frank Capra (film director); Frank McCourt (Irish-American writer); Frank Herbert (sci-fi author); Frank Zappa (musician); Frank Chin (author); Frank Lebby Stanton (lyricist); Frank Stella (painter); Frank Edwin Wright III (drummer for Green Day); Frank Nasworthy (surfing/skateboarding); Frank Robinson (baseball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Frank

    Children of Famous People Named Frank

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Frank - Franklin Pierce (U.S. President)

Personality of the Boy Name Frank

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Frank

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