Francis Family History

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Francis Name Meaning

English: from the personal name Francis (Old French form Franceis, Latin Franciscus, Italian Francisco). This was originally an ethnic name meaning ‘Frank’ and hence ‘Frenchman’. The personal name owed much of its popularity during the Middle Ages to the fame of St. Francis of Assisi (1181–1226), whose baptismal name was actually Giovanni but who was nicknamed Francisco because his father was absent in France at the time of his birth. As an American family name this has absorbed cognates from several other European languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988). Jewish (American): an Americanization of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames, or an adoption of the non-Jewish surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Francia, Francois, Frances, Franc, Franco, France, Franca, Francom

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Francis Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Francis name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Francis. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Francis Family Origin

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Francis Family Occupations

What did your Francis ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Francis family was School. Farmer, Servant and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Francis. The most common Francis occupation in Canada was Farmer. 31% of Francis's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Servant

  • Labourer

  • School


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Francis Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 825,000 census records available for the last name Francis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Francis census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 93,000 immigration records available for the last name Francis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 131,000 military records available for the last name Francis. For the veterans among your Francis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Francis Life Expectancy

What is the average Francis lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Francis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Francis in 1943 was 59, and 74 in 2004.

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