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Francis Family History

Francis Name Meaning
English: from the personal name Francis (Old French form Franceis, Latin Franciscus, Italian Francisco). This was originally an ethnic name meaning ‘Frank’ and hence ‘Frenchman’. The personal name owed much of its popularity during the Middle Ages to the fame of St. Francis of Assisi (1181–1226), whose baptismal name was actually Giovanni but who was nicknamed Francisco because his father was absent in France at the time of his birth. As an American family name this has absorbed cognates from several other European languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).Jewish (American): an Americanization of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames, or an adoption of the non-Jewish surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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79,920 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Francis Families

  • Number of Francis families
     449 - 895
     150 - 448
     1 - 149
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Francis families
     1,444 - 2,885
     482 - 1,443
     1 - 481
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Francis families
     61 - 119
     21 - 60
     1 - 20
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Francis Family Origin

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Francis Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Francis

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Francis Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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