Frances

August 27, 2014 § 5 Comments

ORIGIN:
Feminine form of “Francis“, from the Germanic / Old French word for “free”.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Chica, Cissie, Cissy, Fan, Fannie, Fanny, Fran, Franca, Franci, Francie, Francka, Franka, Frankie, Franky, Frannie, Franny, Franzi, Paca, Paquita, Sissie, Sissy, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
Frances Wentworth (called “Fan” or “Fanny“, Will’s conceited, snobbish cousin in “That Little Smith Girl” from Nora Perry’s A Flock of Girls and Boys (1895).

WRITERS:
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924), English author and playwright.
Frances (Fanny) Burney (1752-1840), English diarist, novelist, and playwright.
Frances Cornford (1886-1960), English poet.
Frances FitzGerald (b. 1940), American historian and journalist.
Frances Scott (“Scottie”) Fitzgerald (1921-1986), American journalist and writer.
Frances Marion (1888-1973), American author, journalist, and screenwriter.
Frances Osborne (b. 1969), English biographer and novelist.
Frances Eleanor Trollope (1835-1913), English novelist.
Frances Milton Trollope (1779-1863), English novelist and writer.
Frances Vane, Viscountess Vane (c.1715-1788), English memoirist and socialite.

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