|Pronunciation:||frahn-CEES-koh (Spanish), frahn-THEES-ko (Castillian)|
|Related Names:||Francesco, Franchesca, Francis, Frank, Frisco, Pancho|
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
As a surname, it evolved as an ethnic label, probably given to those who came to Spain and Portugal from France, or to people who had some distinctive trait that might have been considered "French."
Usage as a given name likely grew as a tribute by Roman Catholic families to Saint Francis of Assisi.
In the United States, Francisco is a fairly popular boy's name. It has been on the list of the top 500 most popular boys' names since the late 19th century. It was most popular in the early 1990s, when it rose as high on the chart as number 114. In 2007, Francisco ranked as the 152nd most popular boy's name in the United States.
Francisco is a popular name in Spain. In 2006, it ranked as the 35th most popular boy's name— having dropped from number 26 in 2002.
Francisco is a very popular name in Chile. It was a top 10 name throughout the 1990s, ranking as high as the 5th most popular boy's name in 1990. Popularity has decreased, but remains in the top 20. In 2006, Francisco was the 18th most popular boy's name in Chile.
In Australia, Francisco is also a top 1000 name, but it is not nearly as common as in the Spanish-speaking world.
Francisco is also a common surname in the United States. According to WhitePages.com, it is ranked as the 2,241st most common surname. The highest concentration of people with the last name Francisco is to be found in California, followed by Florida, New York and Texas.
- The famous St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order, was originally named Giovanni. His father was in France when he was born, and after the father returned, he was renamed Francesco (the Italian form of the name).
- Francisco, Indiana
- San Francisco, California
- Francisco Aguabella: musician
- Francisco Franco: former dictator of Spain (December 4, 1892)
- Francisco Jose de Goya: artist (born March 30, 1746)
- Francisco Pizarro: Spanish conquistador (born 1471)
- Francisco Vázquez de Coronado: Spanish conquistador
- Francisco "Pancho" Villa: revolutionary
- Pablo Francisco: commedian
Author: Sarena Emily Levinson
|Meaning||from France +|
|Meaningnc||from france +|
|Pronunciation||frahn-CEES-koh (Spanish), frahn-THEES-ko (Castillian) +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Francesco +, Franchesca +, Francis +, Frank +, Frisco +, and Pancho +|