Meaning and Origin of the Name Fanny

The meaning of Fanny is a feminine given name, or a nickname for Frances.

Today, Fanny is a very unusual name for any child these days. It is probably down it to it’s use as a meaning for a person’s buttocks in the United Stated whilst in Britain the name refers to the female genitals.


The name Fanny isn’t very popular for boys but it is very much a girl’s name. Even so this name was not in the top 100 most popular baby girls in England in 2016.

Famous People Called Fanny

Fanny Cradock a Famous English Cook
Fanny Cradock a Famous English Cook

From the names below you can see Fanny’s popularity in the  19th and 20th Centuries:

  • Fanny Adams who was murdered by a solicitor’s clerk by the name of Frederick Baker. The murder was an outcry in the UK. The popularity of Fanny isn’t only with names but also with plays, films, music, places, and ships.
  • The next one is Fanny Brice, which is an American illustrated song model, comedian, singer, theatre, and film actress.
  • A third one is Fanny Cradock, whose real name is Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey, is an English restaurant critic.
  • Another one is Fannie Mae, an United States financial mortgage enterprise.
  • The last but least of this name is Fanny Crosby, known to the world as an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. Along the lines of boys’ name, Fanny is one of those names that would never be heard in the United States.

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