Francesca Name Meaning & Origin

Francesca

Pronunciation: fran-CHEHS-kə (key)

Origin of the name Francesca:

Feminine form of Francesco, the Italian cognage of Francis, which is from the Middle Latin Franciscus, a derivative of Francus (a Frank, a freeman). The name was borne by the 13th-century Francesca da Rimini, the beautiful daughter of the county of Ravenna, Giovanni da Polenta. In return for military support, Francesca's father betrothed her to the ugly and malformed lord of Rimini, Giovanni Malatesta. Paolo, Malatesta's handsome younger brother, acted as proxy in the marriage and he and Francesca soon fell in love. They were discovered and put to death in 1289 by Malatesta. Dante recorded the tragedy of Francesca da Rimini in his work Inferno.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Nicknames for Francesca

Fran, Frannie, Franny, Frankie, Francie, Cesca, Cecca, Cicca, Chessie, Chessy, Franchu, Checka, Checky, Fancy, France, French, Frenchie, Franca, Xesca, Chicca, Frances, Fanny, Fannie, Sasha, Saskia, Scarlet JoFranSON, titch

Meanings and history of the name Francesca

Italian. Ultimately, "Francesca" comes from the Late Latin masculine name "Franciscus," which meant "Frenchman."
There has also been some debate that the meaning is "Free"... but I must differ, and support what I first listed.

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As to the above, it does derive from "Frenchman," BUT the Franks (from which we get the word French) were the "Free people." So it's the same thing either way.

Famous real-life people named Francesca

Francesca Eastwood - American actress; daughter of Clint Eastwood
Francesca Battistelli - American musician
Francesca Woodman - American photographer
Francesca Natalia (b. 2000) - daughter of Erik Estra
Francesca Nora Bateman (b. 2007) - daughter of American actor, director, and producer Jason Bateman
Francesca Christine (b. 2008) - daughter of Amy Jo Johnson

Francesca in song, story & screen

"Francesca Vecchio" is Ray Vecchio's sister in the tv series "Due South."
Francesca Fiore - B Movie star played by Scott Thompson on Kids in the Hall
Francesca "Frankie" Hollingsworth, character in the Netflix series Degrassi: Next Class

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