Frances - classic or frumpy?

(78 Posts)
TooTryHard Wed 25-Sep-13 21:40:52

I was thinking classic and beautiful and now I'm wobbling.

Ikeameatballs Wed 25-Sep-13 21:42:00

Absolutely lovely

CressidaMontgomery Wed 25-Sep-13 21:43:55

Very very dull I'm afraid

Khara Wed 25-Sep-13 21:59:39

I wanted it for dd - dh wasn't convinced. So we settled on it being her middle name. It was my grandma's name.

dashoflime Wed 25-Sep-13 22:00:13

I like it. Frankie makes a nice nick name too

Wishfulmakeupping Wed 25-Sep-13 22:04:46

Classic not frumpy at all

ThePuffyShirt Wed 25-Sep-13 22:06:56


TooTryHard Wed 25-Sep-13 22:07:37

I like Francie as a nn but think Frankie might well happen!

MrsDibble Wed 25-Sep-13 22:09:32

Love Frances. It is really classic and no one much is using it.

There is a reason I can't use it otherwise I would.

It does make me think of Dirty Dancing though!

Amy106 Wed 25-Sep-13 22:10:14

Lovely name

smother Wed 25-Sep-13 22:10:34

Gorgeous. a refreshing change from the usual girls names you hear.

elQuintoConyo Wed 25-Sep-13 22:12:33

Lovely grin

There are also nns: Fran, Franny, France <-- which I have called my griend!

MatildaWhispers Wed 25-Sep-13 22:13:28

I like it, but I don't think of it as a beautiful name - I think because it is so close to the boy's name Francis.

So I think of it as a 'strong' and non-girly girl's name (but in a good way!).

Thewhingingdefective Wed 25-Sep-13 22:13:47

Very lovely and elegant.

TooTryHard Wed 25-Sep-13 22:15:28

Strong is good.

heymammy Wed 25-Sep-13 22:15:32

Love it, 'tis dd1's middle name after my granddad smile

moodyblues Wed 25-Sep-13 22:17:02

Classic. Please don't call her Frankie though.

donttellalfred Wed 25-Sep-13 22:18:08

Frances is a great name. Good nns, classic, not too common, love it.

MrsDibble Wed 25-Sep-13 22:25:40

PS - I think Frankie is quite nice nn.

Tavv Wed 25-Sep-13 22:30:30

Lovely name

ThePuffyShirt Wed 25-Sep-13 22:35:46

I think it looks lovely written down, too.

elcranko Wed 25-Sep-13 22:36:50


HandMini Wed 25-Sep-13 22:41:57

Lovely lovely. One of my favourite names.

TooTryHard Wed 25-Sep-13 22:44:12

Thank you all for helping me fall back in love with it. It was always a dead cert. Maybe I'm too hormonal this week to think straight since I have no alternatives.

ICameOnTheJitney Wed 25-Sep-13 22:47:14

It's very pretty in my opinion...lovely.

Snazzyenjoyingsummer Wed 25-Sep-13 22:58:36

I love it. Definitely classic and beautiful. And plenty of options for more informal nicknames. A winner.

NadiaWadia Wed 25-Sep-13 23:03:28

Sorry I find it dull and a bit unisex - because of the male name Francis which sounds the same. Francesca is lovely though.

sleepingbeautiful Thu 26-Sep-13 00:37:23

I love it and it's DDs middle name. I would totally have used for first name but DH was annoying.

I'm always lol when people prefer Francesca and see that as 'posh' because it's v popular among the chav element where my family live. Once you've heard Francesca ge' 'ere now ya little +@#* yelled across the shop in a thick Scouse accent it will be ruined forever :p

kiwik Thu 26-Sep-13 03:10:05

I love it - and the male version too, as I have a Francis. He sometimes gets called Fran, but never Frank or Frankie.

CruCru Thu 26-Sep-13 07:48:23

I love Frances. Unfortunately it was vetoed by DH.

CruCru Thu 26-Sep-13 07:49:43

However, if you hate Frankie as a nickname, you may wish to pause as she is likely to get that at school.

TheRealHousewifeOfSomewhere Thu 26-Sep-13 07:52:00

beautiful. love it. not frumpy at all.

magicstars Thu 26-Sep-13 08:11:50

Not keen I'm afraid.

Onesleeptillwembley Thu 26-Sep-13 08:12:49

Frumpy, but certainly not awful. There are nicer names to use.

MaryPoppinsBag Thu 26-Sep-13 08:16:44

Lovely name my grandmother was called Frances. And we wanted to use it for a girl, but had two boys.

squoosh Thu 26-Sep-13 10:37:09

I love Frances, feminine and elegant but not twee and girlie. It has an air of 1940s glamour about it.

Love Frankie as a nickname too.

squoosh Thu 26-Sep-13 10:39:11

If you're not keen on Frankie as a nickname just remind yourself that it could be worse...................Fanny is short for Frances too, although thankfully out of vogue!

MrsBungle Thu 26-Sep-13 10:39:43

In my opinion, it is quite a frumpy, middle-aged boring name but it's not terrible.

SanityClause Thu 26-Sep-13 10:40:39

I really like it. It is strong and classic.

I love Fran as a nickname. It makes me think of that episode of Black's Books, where the man with the sexy voice keeps saying "Fran? Fran?" over and over again.

<hopes she hasn't put the OP off>

bebopanddoowop Thu 26-Sep-13 11:08:53

It's my middle name. When I was wee I found it a bit confusing because I had a good friend (a boy) called Francis and so often forgot that mine had an E. That might have been partly because I wanted to be a boy though, ha! I wasn't quite sure why my name was a plural to a country either.
But now I am older and less stupid I like it. It is quite old fashioned but I think in a 'classic' way. I am 26 and know a couple of people with it as their middle name and 2 with it as their first - one my age and one in their 80s.

AvonCallingBarksdale Thu 26-Sep-13 11:14:04

I like Frances. I much prefer Francesca, though ( I know that wasn't your question!!)
I know a Francesca, and she's nn Frankie, but I know a Frances, and she is always Fran, which I prefer to Frances.

TalkativeJim Thu 26-Sep-13 11:15:54

Much prefer Francesca too I'm afraid. Yes Frances is a classic, but I find it absolutely colourless.

lottiegarbanzo Thu 26-Sep-13 11:25:30

Classic, un-frilly but lovely. Also very classless, as in could be any, which I like about it.

Personally don't like Frankie but Fran and Franny are nice and it's a name that doesn't really need shortening anyway.

You may get some gender confusion early on and definitely spelling confusion with the boy version but that's a nice name too and some people just can't spell.

Francesca is a lovely name too but a very different name IMO, I see them as belonging to different groups of names, so not interchangeable at all.

dizzy77 Thu 26-Sep-13 11:27:47

Frances was on my list for the child who turned out to be DS2. As was Constance. I like that sibilant end and love Fran/Connie as nns. Go for it.

Papyrus02 Thu 26-Sep-13 11:31:16

Lovely name. Was on my short list for both DD's - wish I'd used it. Go for it. It's classic - love nn Fran.

treaclesoda Thu 26-Sep-13 11:33:53

Classic, I like it. I don't like Frankie as a nickname though.

Branleuse Thu 26-Sep-13 11:37:09

love it

ToffeeCaramel Thu 26-Sep-13 12:51:57

Love it

night1971 Thu 26-Sep-13 18:59:11

Refreshing and different, pretty too.

GRW Thu 26-Sep-13 20:00:09

Love it and think it's much nicer than Francesca.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 26-Sep-13 20:07:17

Frumpy and dull, sorry. It's not in any way pretty.

Francesca is lovely as is Fran but I really don't like Frances. It's just, um...boring.

badtime Thu 26-Sep-13 20:30:12

I like Frances and loathe Francesca. Frances is elegant, not overly fussy like Francesca.

I also like Frankie and Fran (the latter reminds me of Strictly Ballroom, although that Fran was short for Francisca, which I also prefer to Francesca).

squoosh Thu 26-Sep-13 20:34:55

Francesca is a bit too Birds of a Feather.

DisappointedHorse Thu 26-Sep-13 20:38:16

I love it. I really wanted to use it but it doesn't go with our surname.

I like Fran and Franny as nicknames, not keen on Frankie.

MsJupiterJones Thu 26-Sep-13 21:25:36

I love Frances. It's really classic but cool.

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Thu 26-Sep-13 21:30:30

Gorgeous. I know a Frances who is always called in full, but I like Fran, too.

ToffeeCaramel Thu 26-Sep-13 21:30:33
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AnnOminous Thu 26-Sep-13 21:41:20

Frances is a beautiful name. Very eighteenth-century.

AnnaNimitty Fri 27-Sep-13 23:37:47

In the eighteenth century Frances would be known as 'Fanny'!

MaddAddam Fri 27-Sep-13 23:40:27

It's OK, I know a few, and I like Fran and Frankie, but I prefer Francesca.

mamalovesmojitos Fri 27-Sep-13 23:50:34

Beautiful name.

Yika Sat 28-Sep-13 08:28:54

Beautiful name, pretty, elegant, classic, much nicer than frilly Francesca.

GrandstandingBlueTit Sat 28-Sep-13 09:41:28

I don't love it - but - that's probably because it's my best friend's middle name and she hated it and we always had a bit of a laugh about it (with her, not at her, IYKWIM).

But I realise to another generation it might not have the frumpy connotations it had for us. smile

everlong Sat 28-Sep-13 16:24:33

I love it.

Hate Fran though. Totally ruins it.

NoComet Sat 28-Sep-13 16:28:14

Just instantly a boy to me, because of Knowing a Francis for years.

mrsmindcontrol Sat 28-Sep-13 16:34:26

It's my middle name & I have always hated it. Dull, old fashioned & 'tweedy' if that makes sense.

AcrylicPlexiglass Sat 28-Sep-13 16:37:11

I really like Frances, Fran, Francesca and Frankie. So a yes from me!

TidyDancer Sun 29-Sep-13 19:03:55

Francesca is lovely. Frances I can't stand. Possibly something to do with the fact that I went to school with one and she was the resident bully, but it's not a name I like anyway tbh.

Frankie is a nice nickname-y version.

Bue Sun 29-Sep-13 21:30:44

So, so lovely.

stopprocrastinating Sun 29-Sep-13 21:35:14

Our daughter's middle name. Love it.

miffybun73 Sun 29-Sep-13 21:38:22

Lovely - classic and elegant.

Retroformica Mon 30-Sep-13 07:24:44

Live the nn frankie

YoMamma Mon 30-Sep-13 20:43:02

It's my name (I hope I'm not outing myself and I reeeeeeaaaaally hope I'm not the bully from Tidy's school). My DH and I have just been in fits reading some of the responses. I used to hate it as a child but I've come to terms with it now. In my job I come across new people on an almost daily basis and they invariably assume that I'm going to be a man before they meet me.

TooTryHard Mon 30-Sep-13 21:00:28

Well your parents had excellent taste ;).

I'd never assume a Frances was a man but definitely think of Dirty Dancing. Can't go wrong there either imo....

SaucyJack Mon 30-Sep-13 21:05:21

I think it's quite ugly-sounding tbh. Sorry.

FreedomOfTheTess Tue 01-Oct-13 12:20:53

I think it's stunning, and for a long time, it was a strong contender for DD2 (who ended up being named Mary).

I'd love to see a little Frances, a refreshing change to yet another Amelia/Lily/Olivia/Ruby!!

Wishfulmakeupping Tue 01-Oct-13 14:15:07

I'd love to see a little Frances, a refreshing change to yet another Amelia/Lily/Olivia/Ruby!!
Couldn't agree more smile

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