For the Frankish throwing axe, see Francisca. For other uses, see Francesca (disambiguation). Francesca is a female given name, derived from the Latin male name Franciscus meaning 'the Frenchman' It is widely used in most Romance languages, including Italian, French and Catalan, and place of origin is Italy. It is derived from the same source as the female name Frances, and the male names Francesc, Francesco and Francis. People named Francesca: Francesca Annis, British actress, Francesca Battistelli, American Christian musician, Francesca Beard, the contemporary poet, Francesca Capaldi, American child actress, Francesca Cuzzoni, an Italian operatic soprano, Francesca da Rimini, the medieval figure, Francesca Dani, the Italian cosplay model, Francesca Gagnon, singer and performer for Cirque du Soleil, Francesca Galli, Italian road racing cyclist, Francesca Le, American pornographic actress, Francesca Lia Block, the author of the Weetzie Bat series, Francesca Lubiani, Italian tennis player, Francesca Martinez, British comedienne, Francesca Petitjean, French former bodybuilder and pornographic actress, Francesca Piccinini, Italian volleyball player, Francesca Salvalajo, Italian backstroke swimmer, Francesca Schiavone, Lubiani's Italian compatriot and tennis player, Francesca Simon, the author of the Horrid Henry series, Francesca Woodman, American photographer, Piero della Francesca, Italian painter, Francheska Yarbusova, award-winning Russian artist and wife of director Yuriy Norshteyn, Fictional characters: Francesca, a fictional character from the Rankin/Bass classic Mad Monster Party, Francesca ("Frankie"), the eponymous main character from Melina Marchetta's Saving Francesca, Francesca Lucchini, a character from the anime/manga series Strike Witches, Francesca, a character from the fictional series by Lauren Kate: Fallen, Francesca or Franky, a fictional character from Freaky Green Eyes, Francesca da Rimini or da Polenta, a fictional character from Dante's Inferno, Translations: Basque: Frantziska, Breton: Franseza, Czech: Františka, Chinese: FuLangXiSiKa, French: Françoise, German: Franziska, Hungarian: Franciska, Icelandic: Fransiska, Italian: Francesca, Japanese: Furanchesuka, Polish: Franciszka, Portuguese: Francisca, Slovene: Frančiška, Spanish: Francisca (shortened "Paca"), Nahuatl: Francisca (shortened "Pancha"), Croatian: Frančeska, Albanian: Françeska, Greek: Φραγκίσκη (Frangisci) or less originally Greek version Φραντζέσκα (Franjesca)

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