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For the Frankish throwing axe, see Francisca. For other uses, see Francesca (disambiguation).

Francesca is a female given name, derived from the Latin male name Franciscus meaning 'the Frenchman'[1] It is widely used in most Romance languages, including Italian, French and Catalan, and place of origin is Italy. It is derived from the same source as the female name Frances, and the male names Francesc, Francesco and Francis.

People named Francesca[edit]

Gender Female
Meaning French, Free
Other names
Related names Francesc, Francesco, and Francis, and Frances

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Francesca, a fictional character from the Rankin/Bass classic Mad Monster Party
  • Francesca ("Frankie"), the eponymous main character from Melina Marchetta's Saving Francesca
  • Francesca Lucchini, a character from the anime/manga series Strike Witches
  • Francesca, a character from the fictional series by Lauren Kate: Fallen
  • Francesca or Franky, a fictional character from Freaky Green Eyes
  • Francesca da Rimini or da Polenta, a fictional character from Dante's Inferno


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chesterton, Gilbert Keith (1924). "St. Francis of Assisi" (14 ed.). Garden City, New York: Image Books. p. 158.