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Origin: Germany
Region Origin: Western Europe

The name Frank is of Germanic origin and is derived from the Old French and Middle English term "frank," which means "free" or "unconfined". The name is also associated with the Germanic tribes known as the Franks, who were known for their freedom and independence, especially in comparison to the serfs of the time. Their realm, which included what is now France, was home to a free people, and this connection to freedom is likely how the name Frank came to be associated with being direct and honest. The meaning of Frank as being honest and direct stems from its origin in the medieval Latin term "francus," which became French and later morphed into English as "frank". This meaning may date back even further to Old German, although it is unclear whether it started as a name and took on other meanings or started as a word and was later adopted as a name. The first recorded person named Francis, or "Frank," was Francis of Assisi, a central figure in Christianity, further solidifying the name's connection to honesty and freedom.

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