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Origins of the Francis surname

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What does the name Francis mean?

The origin of the Francis name is in England. It has Anglo-French roots and derives from the word 'Franceis' (Frenchman), given to someone who had migrated from that country and their descendants. The personal name that many may assume is a patronymic origin of this surname came into use too late for it to have had considerable impact.

Alternative variations of the name Francis

Francis, Francies, Fransis, Frankis, Franciss

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Where do most Francises live?

In 1921, most Francises lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Francises

How common is your surname?

178th most common surname in the UK

We have 192,000 records for the Francis surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Francises most likely to marry?

Joneses

&

Smiths

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What are the most common Francis first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Francis family members

Common jobs for Francises

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Francises in 1921
Dressmaker

1,004

Laundress

525

Domestic Servant

519

General Servant Domestic

508

General Servant

374

Common Male occupations for Francises in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

1,107

Coal Miner

673

General Labourer

669

Carpenter

633

Farmer

624

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