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Frances - classic or frumpy?

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TooTryHard Wed 25-Sep-13 21:40:52

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

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

Anyone remember Frances from the Apprentice?

QueFonda Thu 26-Sep-13 21:38:02

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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....

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