Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Frankie

Frankie is a diminutive of Frank and occasionally used as a pet form for the female name Frances. Both Frank and Frances developed from the male name Francis which came from the Late Latinate “Franciscus”, a vocabulary word signifying the French or Frenchmen ultimately meaning “free”. The Franks were an ancient Germanic tribe who eventually morphed into the French people. The name in its various linguistic formations was ultimately popularized by St. Francis of Assisi (whose birth name was Giovanni). Giovanni was given the nickname Francis by his wealthy Italian father who had business dealings in France and greatly admired the French people. Born at the end of the 12th century, St. Francis had a pleasant, happy childhood, but as a young man, a couple of bad experiences caused him to turn away from the material world and devote himself to the poor and sick. After he was joined by a few disciples, these so-called Franciscans dedicated themselves to humility, poverty and the love for all living creatures. St. Francis is often depicted surrounded by animals, particularly birds. It’s no surprise that St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment, but he is also the patron saint of Italy. Thanks to the cult that grew up around St. Francis, the name spread in the 14th century and became even more popular during the Italian Renaissance of the 16th century. This old classic has given way to several forms in various languages including Francesco and Franco (Italian), François (French), Franz (German), Francisco (Spanish) and of course Francis and Frank (English). The feminine versions of this name are Frances, Francine, Francesca or Françoise and the many pet forms include Franny, Frank, Fran, Fanny, Frankie, Frannie, and Sissy. Frankie is generally considered a nickname, but has become an independently given name for males in particular, mainly in the United States.

All About the Baby Name – Frankie

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME FRANKIE

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME FRANKIE

Frankie has officially maintained a spot on the male naming charts as an independently given name since the late 19th century, although we recognize it is also a nickname occasionally given to girls. As a masculine name, Frankie slowly grew in popularity as the 20th century progressed. The height of the name’s usage came during the mid-20th century when diminutive names like Charlie, Eddie, Ronnie and Willie became acceptable to use independently. Frankie is obviously more casual and less formal than Francis or even Frank for that matter. Since it grew from a pet form with an “-ie” suffix, the name also has a distinctive “boyish” quality. Older people will often think of Frankie Valli and Frankie Avalon, two huge pop-idols of the 1960s; for younger people, the actor Frankie Muniz comes to mind. There’s no doubt about it, Frankie is an informal choice. We like it better as a nickname – like Mikey or Mattie, Frankie just seems to lack maturity on an older man. Still, it’s a cute name – but most people consider it a unisex pet name. We agree it’s a cute moniker for little tom-boys named Frances or Francine. At the end of the day parents are “free” to use this name as they wish.

Quick Facts

ON FRANKIE

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

816

PRONUNCIATION:

FRANK-ee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Free man

Characteristics

OF FRANKIE

Independent

Individualistic

Ambitious

Strong-willed

Inventive

Successful

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Frankie

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME FRANKIE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Frankie

Popular Songs

ON FRANKIE

Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp
a song by George Harrison

Frankie
a song by Betty Blowtorch

Frankie & Albert
a song by Bob Dylan

Frankie and Johnny
a song by Brook Benton

Frankie Says
a song by Phish

The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
Jerry Garcia

Famous People

NAMED FRANKIE

Francisco “Frankie” Muniz (actor)
Francesco “Frankie” Valli (singer)
Francis “Frankie” Avalon (singer)
Francis “Frankie” Frisch (baseball player)
Franklin “Frankie” Jonas (the “Bonus Jonas”)
Francisco “Frankie” Muniz (actor)
Francesco “Frankie” Valli (singer)
Francis “Frankie” Avalon (singer)
Francis “Frankie” Frisch (baseball player)
Franklin “Frankie” Jonas (the “Bonus Jonas”)
Francisco “Frankie” Muniz (actor)
Francesco “Frankie” Valli (singer)
Francis “Frankie” Avalon (singer)
Francis “Frankie” Frisch (baseball player)
Franklin “Frankie” Jonas (the “Bonus Jonas”)

Children of Famous People

NAMED FRANKIE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Frankie

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME FRANKIE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Frankie