12:31 am March 15, 2013, by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso
The name Francis was popular a century ago and has been on a downward trend since the 1920 but all that’s about to change according to some baby naming experts.
With the new Pope choosing Francis as his name, experts expect to see a huge uptick in parents choosing the name as well.
“The new pontiff will likely change that as he travels around the world, drawing huge crowds and prominent headlines. Variations such as Francisco, Francesca, Francine, Franny and Frank could also get a boost, according to Nameberry.”
“ ‘Popes are not thought to be major fashion influencers, but the significance and symbolic power of this name choice could definitely influence parents to consider all forms of Francis for their children,” said Pamela Redmond Satran, editor of Nameberry.com.”
“ ‘It’s a beautiful name with deep history and resonance and definitely worthy of consideration, even aside from the blessing of the pope.’ ”
Would you name your baby for the pope? Are you more attracted to the name Francis now than a week ago?
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