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  • proper noun A male given name
  • proper noun A female given name, a rare spelling variant of Frances.
  • proper noun A patronymic surname.


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From Latin Franciscus ("French(man)") (from Francia 'France', from the Germanic tribal name of the Franks, meaning frank, free), originally a nickname of St. Francis of Assisi.


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  • [Illustration: "_I WILL NOT TELL, SIR FRANCIS_"] "What did your father when the proposition was made to kill the queen?" asked Walsingham so suddenly that Francis was caught unawares.

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  • Francis was never known in his lifetime as anything higher than _Brother Francis_, and his community he insisted should be called the community of the lesser brethren -- _Fratres Minores_ -- for none could be or should be less than they.

    The Coming of the Friars

  • Francis in prayer_, by Hannibal Carrache; _an Ecce Homo_ and a copy of the _Holy family_, by Mignard; _a death of saint Francis_, by Jouvenet; several marines, by Vernet; _a descent from the Cross_, by Lahire; _the plague of Milan_, by Lemonnier, of Rouen; and a great many others, which it would require too much room to mention here.

    Rouen, It's History and Monuments A Guide to Strangers

  • SPLITTING   SAINT   FRANCIS:   The Nittany Lions bounced back from a 5-3 afternoon loss to Saint Francis with an impressive 8-0, six-inning win over the Red Flash to split a March 24 doubleheader.

    Penn State News --

  • The Austrian emperor, Francis II, had secured the title Francis I, emperor of Austria, and now retained this title alone.

    2. Foreign Affairs

  • Mention the name Francis to this 81-year-old business tycoon and his face lights up. News

  • Brother Francis is a monk in the order dedicated to the Blessed (not saint yet) Leibowitz.

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  • RNC Communications Director Trevor Francis is leaving his job, Steele confirmed in statement to CNN, but offered no reason for the departure.

    RNC official resigns

  • Blaser, Robin Francis (May 18, 1925 – May 7, 2009) ECP

    2009 – Deaths A-B « The Graveyard

  • Designed by Philippe Starck and Martin Francis, the 390-foot craft's bow is angled inward, resembling a submarine or a sleek locomotive; the control center soars from the stern rather than the middle of the boat.

    Seven Custom Yachts To Dream About


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