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

The name Fanny is a girl's name meaning "free man". Fanny and is often added to lists like Bad Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibsets You Know".

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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

Fanny Brice (born Fania Borach), American actress/comedian
Frances "Fanny" Burney, English novelist
Fanny Bullock Workman, American geographer and explorer
Fanny Mendelssohn, German composer; sister of composer Felix Mendelssohn
Frances Jane "Fanny" Crosby, American blind composer of more than 8,000 hymns
Francina Elsje "Fanny" Blankers-Koen, Dutch track athlete
Sarah "Fanny" Durack, first Australian female to win a swimming Olympic gold medal
Frances "Fanny" Imlay, daughter feminist author Mary Wollstonecraft; half-sister of novelist Mary Shelley
Fanny Rask, Swedish ice hockey player
Fanny Cradock (born Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey), English restaurant critic and TV personality

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 "A Life of Faith" series
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
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 Redletts, character in Nancy Mitford's "The Pursuit of Love" and "Love in a Cold Climate"
Fanny Fulbright aka Numbuh 86, character on animated series "Codename: Kids Next Door
Aunt Fanny, character in the movie "Robots"
Fanny, British slang for the vagina
Fanny, American slang for the buttocks

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