Spelling variation of Fanny, diminutive of Frances
"from France; free man"

Fannie Origin and Meaning

The name Fannie is a girl's name meaning "from France; free man".
It's hard to believe, via a 21st-century sensibility, that Fannie was ever a Top 50 name. But Fannie was even more popular than Fanny in its late 19th-century heyday, and stuck around much longer, staying on the Top 1000 until the 1960s while Fanny fell off in 1940. Today, however, Fannie sounds antiquated at best, and rude at worst.

Much of Fannie's usage today can be accounted for in Amish communities, among whom Fannie is a classic choice.
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Fannie Rank in US Top 1000

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Famous People Named Fannie

  • Fannie Flagg (born Patricia Neal)American actress, comedian, and novelist
  • Fannie HurstAmerican novelist
  • Fannie Lou HamerAmerican civil rights activist
  • Fannie Merritt FarmerAmerican culinary expert and cookbook author
  • Fannie HillsmithAmerican painter
  • Fannie WardAmerican silent film actress
  • Fannie KauffmanCanadian,Mexican actress
  • Fannie Bloomfield ZeislerAustrian,American pianist
  • Frances "Fannie" Barrier WilliamsAmerican educator and civil rights activist

Fannie in Pop Culture

  • Fannie Maethe Federal National Mortgage Association