Origin of frangipani
- French frangipane after Muzio Frangipani , 16th-century Italian marquis
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From an Italian noble family, a sixteenth-century marquess who invented a plumeria-scented perfume. The name comes from frangi "breaking" + pani "bread," a reference to the family's distribution of bread in time of famine.