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Francis - boys name and nicknames?!

(22 Posts)
lydiangel83 Sat 06-May-17 03:31:15

Hi all

Starting to think about baby names - just wanted to test whether you would assume Francis is a boys name or a girls name?

We really like Frank/ Frankie for a boy, maybe Francesca for a girl. But what can you call a baby boy that results in nickname Frankie other than Francis (which less keen on)? I know we could just call him Frankie however want a more traditional name I think.

Thoughts welcome :-)

FenellaMaxwellsPony Sat 06-May-17 03:39:35

Francis is a boy's name. Frances is a girl's name.

Hamsolo Sat 06-May-17 03:43:40

Just go for Frank if you don't like Francis.

The only variant I can think of is Franklin/ Franklyn.

RestingBitch Sat 06-May-17 04:26:23

I think frankie is meant to be a nn for frank. Frankie is a name in its own right now, but if you want something official for the birth certificate Francis works well.

Fauchelevent Sat 06-May-17 04:28:00

Franklin is lovely imho.

Mrsknackered Sat 06-May-17 08:36:31

I know 2 Franklin's, one of which is Frank and the other Frankie.
I think all 3 of them are great names smile

Beebeeeight Sat 06-May-17 08:38:42


SaorAlbaGuBrath Sat 06-May-17 08:41:49

Francis is definitely the masculine spelling, Frances is the feminine. I loved the name Frankie, but it didn't go with the surname so I couldn't. Francis unfortunately gets shortened to Frannie rather than Frankie where I live too, or worse Francie. Franklin is a good suggestion!

AngelicaSchuylerChurch Sat 06-May-17 09:49:02

I know an adult Francis nn Frankie.

ASqueakingInTheShrubbery Sat 06-May-17 09:53:20

I like Franklin. Frank is ok as well, and you can always call him Frankie. The only Frankies I know in real life are women in their mid-30s, one is Frances officially and the other is 'just' Frankie.

lydiangel83 Sat 06-May-17 10:36:46

Thanks all! Suddenly having second thoughts about Frankie as realised it sounds like hankie!!

We have no other boys names that we both like!! shock

missyB1 Sat 06-May-17 10:39:34

I love the name Francis, I would shorten it to Fran, actually I know a little boy who was Christened Fran (not short for anything).

Popskipiekin Sat 06-May-17 10:44:29

A lot of names/abbreviations sound like other things... Mary -hairy, scary, fairy.
Frankie rhymes with hankie but doesn't sound like it in my view.
People calling their DDs Ruby probably aren't put off by it sounding like boobie wink
Our DS is Logan and often nn Logie - I did think he might get Logie bogie in the playground but there are worse things!
Franklin is a good strong name. As is Frank. If you like it, go for it.

Popskipiekin Sat 06-May-17 10:46:53

Sorry OP I realise your initial question was re Francis which I think is a beautiful name for a boy, and very adaptable depending on the type of child/man they turn out to be. Francis seems quite a gentle, artistic sort of a name (obviously I am projecting massively!) but he can be Frank/Frankie if he likes. Great choice.

Ginlinessisnexttogodliness Sat 06-May-17 11:32:10

I love Francis.
I also love Fran as a name. It's for a youngster or a grown up. In fact I'm lobbying for it for our third team yellow shortlist

Sophronia Sat 06-May-17 11:48:53

Francis for a boy, Frances for a girl.

GoulashSoup Sat 06-May-17 11:56:34

If you are thinking Francesca for a girl how about Francesco for a boy. They could both be shortened to Frankie.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 06-May-17 18:04:58

Just Frank.

lydiangel83 Sun 07-May-17 00:39:54

Thanks all smile made me feel better about Frankie! And I would love Francesco @GoulashSoup but DH wouldn't go for that - hence Francis as a compromise smile

Joeybee Sun 07-May-17 01:53:39

Frances is a girls name, Francis is a boys name. I would go with the NN Frank/Frankie for it. For me it's a bit too weak sounding a name. However it is not too popular or too unusual and I don't think you'd make any assumptions about an Francis, go for it.

17caterpillars1mouse Sun 07-May-17 20:07:52

Francis is all male. I think it's great, an underused gem. I however dislike Frankie, sounds very feminine to me. Another option for Frankie though could be Franklin

topcat2014 Sun 07-May-17 20:09:20

Or Francois?

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