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Quick Facts on Frankie

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 816
Simple meaning:
Free man

Characteristics of Frankie

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Frankie

Frankie is a diminutive of Frank and occasionally used as a pet form for the female name Frances. Both Frank and Frances developed from the male name Francis which came from the Late Latinate “Franciscus”, a vocabulary word signifying the French or Frenchmen ultimately meaning “free”. The Franks were an ancient Germanic tribe who eventually morphed into the French people. The name in its various linguistic formations was ultimately popularized by St. Francis of Assisi (whose birth name was Giovanni). Giovanni was given the nickname Francis by his wealthy Italian father who had business dealings in France and greatly admired the French people. Born at the end of the 12th century, 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 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 Francesco and Franco (Italian), François (French), Franz (German), Francisco (Spanish) and of course Francis and Frank (English). The feminine versions of this name are Frances, Francine, Francesca or Françoise and the many pet forms include Franny, Frank, Fran, Fanny, Frankie, Frannie, and Sissy. Frankie is generally considered a nickname, but has become an independently given name for males in particular, mainly in the United States.

Popularity of the Name Frankie

Frankie has officially maintained a spot on the male naming charts as an independently given name since the late 19th century, although we recognize it is also a nickname occasionally given to girls. As a masculine name, Frankie slowly grew in popularity as the 20th century progressed. The height of the name’s usage came during the mid-20th century when diminutive names like Charlie, Eddie, Ronnie and Willie became acceptable to use independently. Frankie is obviously more casual and less formal than Francis or even Frank for that matter. Since it grew from a pet form with an “-ie” suffix, the name also has a distinctive “boyish” quality. Older people will often think of Frankie Valli and Frankie Avalon, two huge pop-idols of the 1960s; for younger people, the actor Frankie Muniz comes to mind. There’s no doubt about it, Frankie is an informal choice. We like it better as a nickname – like Mikey or Mattie, Frankie just seems to lack maturity on an older man. Still, it’s a cute name – but most people consider it a unisex pet name. We agree it’s a cute moniker for little tom-boys named Frances or Francine. At the end of the day parents are “free” to use this name as they wish.
Popularity of the Boy Name Frankie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Frankie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Frankie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Frankie

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

  • Popular Songs on Frankie

    Popular Songs on Frankie

    Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp - a song by George Harrison

    Frankie - a song by Betty Blowtorch

    Frankie - a song by Bruce Springsteen

    Frankie - a song by Connie Francis

    Frankie - a song by Sister Sledge

    Frankie & Albert - a song by Bob Dylan

    Frankie and Johnny - a song by Brook Benton

    Frankie and Johnny - a song by Hank Snow

    Frankie and Johnny - a song by Merle Haggard

    Frankie and Johnny - a song by Sam Cooke

    Frankie and Johnny - a song by Elvis Presley

    Frankie Says - a song by Phish

    The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest - Jerry Garcia

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Frankie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Frankie

    An Orange for Frankie (Patricia Polacco) - The Stowell family is abuzz with holiday excitement, and Frankie, the youngest boy, is the most excited of all. But there's a cloud over the joyous season: Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and Pa hasn't returned yet from his trip to Lansing. He promised to bring back the oranges for the mantelpiece. Every year there are nine of them nestled among the evergreens, one for each of the children. But this year, heavy snows might mean no oranges…and, worse, no Pa! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom (Eric Wight) - Part of a series. Like most kids, Frankie Pickle hates cleaning his room. But what happens when his Mom says he never has to clean it again! Frankie and his unstoppable imagination mean fun. He and his side-kick Argyle become explorers swinging on vines, forging paths through piles of clothes, and scooting past lava pits! They perform flawless surgery on a broken action figure! They spend time in the big house. They even become superheroes. But will all this imagining be enough to conquer... the closet of DOOM? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Frankie Stein (Lola M. Schaefer) - Part of a series. Frankie Stein comes into the world on a bright, sunny day. He’s not at all like his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Stein. They’re scary looking. He’s cute. They try to make him look like them. They can’t. But he does end up being scary—just in his own way! Kevan Atteberry’s digital illustrations lend a hand to this family-friendly story perfect for a Halloween read aloud. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Frankie the Bunny Mystery in the Forest (Dorothy Jasnoch) - A series of short stories "Frankie the Bunny" is a wholesome way to instill in children an idea of building a better world. The title character, Frankie, has his life turned upside down the moment he became wheelchair-bound. Despite the difficulties Frankie now faced, he discovered that making new friends makes everybody feel wanted, loved and worthwhile to help others. An unfortunate forest discovery leads to a lesson about litter. Can Clarisse care for a bear and still ensure that everyone will 'get the message?' Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Frankie the Bunny Newfound Friends (Dorothy Jasnoch) - A series of short stories "Frankie the Bunny" is a wholesome way to instill in children an idea of building a better world. The title character, Frankie, has his life turned upside down the moment he became wheelchair-bound. Despite the difficulties Frankie now faced, he discovered that making new friends makes everybody feel wanted, loved and worthwhile to help others. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Frankie Works the Night Shift (Lisa Westberg Peters) - While everyone else is busy dreaming… Z-z-z-z-z-z… Frankie is hard at work, cleaning and scheming. There's no time for rest. Clang! Splash! Eeeeeek! But here's a little secret—Frankie really seems to enjoy the night shift. Is he working hard or hardly working? Open this book and decide for yourself. Good job, Frankie! Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Frankie's Perfect Home (Beverly Stowe McClure) - Frankie Armadillo has too many brothers. His burrow is too crowded, so he sets off in search of the perfect home, just for him. But every place he likes is already occupied, sometimes by fierce looking creatures. Will Frankie find the perfect home? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog (Barbara Gail Techel) - Award-winning true, inspirational story about a dachshund whose life started out just like any other dog, walking on all four paws until a spinal injury leaves her paralyzed. Frankie is custom fit for a wheelchair and learns to keep on rolling. Her zest for life will have you cheering and she will give you hope that all things are possible. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Freaky Fast Frankie Joe (Lutricia Clifton) - When twelve-year-old Frankie Joe's mother is sent to jail, he is uprooted from his home in Texas to live with the father he has never met, his father's wife, and his father's four "legitimate" sons in Illinois. Frankie Joe is miserable. Trying to adjust to his blended family proves too much to bear, so Frankie Joe hatches a plot to escape on his bike back home to Texas. For that he needs money, and so Frankie Joe's Freaky Fast Delivery Service is born. His deliveries win new friends, a place in the rural Illinois community, and a sense of achievement. But his planned escape is destroyed by a heartbreaking betrayal, and Frankie Joe needs all of his incredible resilience and the loving support of his new family to survive the devastating loss. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Here Comes Frankie! (Tim Hopgood) - When Frankie starts to play, amazing things happen! Frankie is a quiet boy. He lives on a quiet street, with his quiet parents and his quiet dog and cat. But when Frankie decides to learn the trumpet, the most incredible things happen! Colors, shapes, and smells appear and everything begins to change. It looks as though life for quiet Frankie will never be quite the same. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    The Adventures of Frankie More: Frankie's Fantastic Piano (B.T. Brunelle) - An action-packed adventure story about a daring young boy who sneaks into a forbidden mansion, where spell-binding melodies can be heard playing even when no one is around. What happens on the cold moonlit night when he attempts to unlock the doors to that music and uncover secrets that are centuries old? Does he have what it takes to survive the hair raising, blood curdling dangers lurking in every shadow and awaiting him at every turn? Find out for yourself when you join him on an exciting journey through time and space, where the past is present and the future is unknown. Recommended for ages 12-16.

    The Adventures of Frankie the Farting Whale (Ken Bontempo) - Kindle edition. A silly, fun and educational bedtime story especially for boys. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Frankie

    Famous People Named Frankie

    Famous People Named Frankie - Francisco “Frankie” Muniz (actor); Francesco “Frankie” Valli (singer); Francis “Frankie” Avalon (singer); Francis “Frankie” Frisch (baseball player); Franklin “Frankie” Jonas (the “Bonus Jonas”)

  • Children of Famous People Named Frankie

    Children of Famous People Named Frankie

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Frankie - Mia Farrow (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Frankie - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Frankie

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Frankie

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