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Gender: F Meaning of Fanny: "free man" Origin of Fanny: Diminutive of Frances

As this word is less often used to mean derriere, it becomes more possible to view Fanny as the kind of appealingly quaint nickname name, like Josie and Nellie, that many parents are favoring now.

Famous People Named Fanny

Fanny Brice, American actress/comedian
Fannie Flagg, American writer/comedian
Fanny Mendelssohn, German composer
Fanny Crosby, American blind composer of more than 8,000 hymns
Fanny Blankers-Koen, Dutch athlete
Sarah "Fanny" Durack, first Australian female to win a swimming Olympic gold medal

Pop Culture References for the name Fanny

Fanny Price, character in Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park"

Fanny Davilow, mother of Gwendolen in George Eliot's "Daniel Deronda"

Fanny "Fan" Keith, younger sister of Millie Keith in the book series "A Life of Faith"

Fanny Hill, fictional heroine of her own letters to a friend, "describing her sexual experiences in chaste language in pornographic tour de force subject of many legal trials since its publication" (1748)

Fanny Price, character in "Of Human Bondage" (1915) by W. Somerset Maugham; art student and eventual suicide with false faith in her own genius

Fanny, character in Enid Blyton's "Faraway Tree" series (in some modern reprints she is now named Frannie because of Fanny's unpleasant connotations)

Aunt Fanny, character in Enid Blyton's "Famous Five" series

Fanny Dashwood, character in 'Sense and Sensibility' by Jane Austen

"Fanny", British slang for the vagina

Fannie Mae, common name for the Federal National Mortgage Association

Fanny Redletts, from the BBC 4 part mini series " Love in a Cold Climate." Aired Feb. 11, 2001, played by, Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, and based off of Nancy Mitford's books; The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. An intellectual and level headed girl, daughter of the "Bolter" a none-committed nontraditional women. Fanny, finds love with a professor and the simple life. Her actions protect her from making the same choices as her cousins Linda and Polly, which mere Fanny's mother, the bolter.

Fanny Fulbright (also known as Numbuh 86), a character from the Cartoon Network series Codename: Kids Next Door

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