Popularity:12984
Origin:German
Meaning:spear; fierce; bold; free
Franz is a masculine German name with a strong historical resonance that extends far beyond the famous Archduke. While many liken Franz to the Latin Franciscus, "French man," its origins bear stronger roots in the Ancient Germanic tribe, the Franks. First mentioned in the 3rd century, it is thought the Franks were named for the javelin they often used, from the Germanic frankô meaning "spear." By extension, Franz may also find a kinship to the German frech, meaning "fierce" or "bold"—a translation that honors the tribe's relationship with the Ancient Roman soldiers as both allies and enemies. Born in defiance of any ties or restrictions, perhaps dear Franz may find its most fitting meaning in the Proto-West Germanic frank, which simply means "free."

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