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Francis Name Meaning

English: from the Old French personal name Franceis modern French François from Latin Franciscus originally ‘Frank’ though later used to denote a Frenchman. The personal name owed much of its popularity during the Middle Ages to the fame of Saint 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. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages e.g. Italian Francesco and Polish Czech Slovak Slovenian and Croatian Franc and also their derivatives e.g. Croatian Francišković (see Francisco ). English: ethnic name from the Old French adjective Franceis ‘French’ (see 1 above). Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames or an adoption of the non-Jewish surname.

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


Similar surnames: Francia, Francois, Frances, Franc, Franco, France, Franca, Francom

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Where is the Francis family from?

You can see how Francis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Francis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Francis families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 174 Francis families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Francis's in USA. New York had the highest population of Francis families in 1840.
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What did your Francis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Francis. 16% of Francis men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Francis women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Francis were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 93,000 immigration records available for the last name Francis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 131,000 military records available for the last name Francis. For the veterans among your Francis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Francis lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Francis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Francis in 1943 was 59, and 74 in 2004.

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