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Origin of the name FRANÇOIS.
Etymology of the name FRANÇOIS.
Meaning of the baby name FRANÇOIS.

  

FRANÇOIS.  Frankish name, meaning "free man," from Teutonic Frang ("free lord").  It has the feminine Françoise. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884) 

    Bonnivard (François de), the prisoner of Chillon, in Byron's poem.  He was one of the six brothers, five of whom died violent deaths.  The father and two sons died on the battle-field; one was burnt at the stake; three were imprisoned in the dungeon of Chillon, near the lake of Geneva.  Two of the three died, and François was set at liberty by Henri the Bearnais.  They were incarcerated by the duke-bishop of Savoy for republication principles (1496-1570). (The Reader's Handbook of Famous Names in Fiction, &c., Brewer, 1899)

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