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Originally appearing in Volume V10, Page 933 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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FRANCIS (Lat. Franciscus, Ital. Francesco, Span. Francisco, Fr. Francois, Ger. Franz), a masculine proper name meaning " Frenchman." As a Christian name it originated with St Francis of Assisi, whose baptismal name was Giovanni, but who was called Francesco by his father on returning from a journeyin France. The saint's fame made the name exceedingly popular from his day onwards.
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