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

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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.

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Famous People Named Fanny

In the UK ''fanny' is the equivalent of ''pussy''.
Fanny Mendelssohn, 19th c. composer
Fanny Crosby, also known as Fanny van Alstyne (1820-1915), blind prolific composer of more 8,000 hymns
Fanny Blankers-Koen, Dutch athlete
First Australian female to win a swimming olympic gold medal Sarah :"Fanny" Durack
Fanny Brice
Fanny Flag, female comedian

Pop Culture References for the Name Fanny

Fanny, the female lead in Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park"
The Federal National Mortgage Association, commonly known as Fannie Mae
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

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