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What does Fanny mean?

Fanny Pronunciation of Fanny [fan-ny] as a girls' name is pronounced FAN-ee. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Fanny is "from France". Pet form of Frances, very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Cookbook author Fannie Farmer; author Fannie Flagg; actress Fanny Ardant.

Associated with: 18th century, 19th century.


Fanny has 9 variants: Fan, Fanceen, Fania, Fannee, Fanney, Fanni, Fannia, Fannie and Fantine.

Affiliated girl name: Euphemia.

18 more related forms via Fannie, Frances: Fancey, Fancie, Fancy, Fanya, Fran, France, Francey, Franci, Frania, Franie, Frank, Franka, Franki, Franky, Franni, Frannie, Franny and Franzi.

Creative forms:
(female) Fani, Fannyi, ..

(male) Fande, Faner, ..

Middle name pairings:
Fanny Akshara (F.A.), ..

How popular is Fanny?

Fanny is a very prominent first name for women (#974 out of 4276, Top 23%) and a slightly less prominent last name for both adults and children (#103706 out of 150436, Top 69%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Fanny was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #230 in the U.S. then, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Fanny name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Fanny outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Frances (#514 in recent rankings), France, Frank, Fran, Fan, Fannie and Euphemia are the popular related forms of Fanny. Adoption of these relations of Fanny reached its apex 95 years ago (average #1180) and has become much lower since (#1814, 98.4% less usage), with forms such as Fanny falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Fanny, Euphemia, Fan, Fannie, Fran in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of France, Frances, Frank in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Fanny outside U.S.

Similar Names

Fanny is pronounced similarly to Faina, Fauna, Faunia, Fawna, Fawnia, Fawnya, Fayanna, Fenia, Fenya, Fina, Fiona, Fionna and Fyona. Other suggested similar names are Anny, Benny, Binny, Bonny, Bunny, Cinny, Conny, Dabny (see Dabney), Dagny, Danny, Dany, Denny, Dinny, Donny, Evanny, Faun, Faune, Fawn, Fawne, Fay, Flanna, Genny, Ginny, Hanny, Hany, Janny, Jany, Jenny, Jinny, Konny, Lanny, Minny, Nanny, Penny, Rainy, Renny, Ronny, Sanny, Sinny, Suanny, Sunny, Swanny, Tawny, Vinny and Winny. These names tend to be less commonly used than Fanny.

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