Diminutive of Frances
"free man"

Fanny Origin and Meaning

The name Fanny is a girl's name meaning "free man".

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.

# 992 in the US

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Famous People Named Fanny

  • Fanny Brice (born Fania Borach)American actress/comedian
  • Frances "Fanny" BurneyEnglish novelist
  • Fanny Bullock WorkmanAmerican geographer and explorer
  • Fanny MendelssohnGerman composer; sister of composer Felix Mendelssohn
  • Frances Jane "Fanny" CrosbyAmerican blind composer of more than 8,000 hymns
  • Francina Elsje "Fanny" BlankersKoen, Dutch track athlete
  • Sarah "Fanny" Durackfirst Australian female to win a swimming Olympic gold medal
  • Frances "Fanny" Imlaydaughter feminist author Mary Wollstonecraft; half,sister of novelist Mary Shelley
  • Fanny RaskSwedish ice hockey player
  • Fanny Cradock (born Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey)English restaurant critic and TV personality

Fanny in Pop Culture

  • Fanny Pricecharacter in Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park"
  • Fanny Davilowmother of Gwendolen in George Eliot's "Daniel Deronda"
  • Fanny "Fan" Keithyounger sister of Millie Keith in "A Life of Faith" series
  • Fanny Hillfictional 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 Pricecharacter in "Of Human Bondage" (1915) by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Fannycharacter in Enid Blyton's "Faraway Tree" series (in some modern reprints she is now named Frannie because of Fanny's unpleasant connotations)
  • Aunt Fannycharacter in Enid Blyton's "Famous Five" series
  • Fanny Dashwoodcharacter in 'Sense and Sensibility' by Jane Austen
  • Fanny Redlettscharacter in Nancy Mitford's "The Pursuit of Love" and "Love in a Cold Climate"
  • Fanny Fulbright aka Numbuh 86character on animated series "Codename: Kids Next Door
  • Aunt Fannycharacter in the movie "Robots"
  • FannyBritish slang for the vagina
  • FannyAmerican slang for the buttocks