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Quick Facts on Fannie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
French, free

Characteristics of Fannie

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Fannie

Fannie is an English diminutive of Frances. Frances is the female form of Francis. Francis comes from the Late Latinate “Franciscus” which was a vocabulary word defining the “French” or “Frenchman”. It was given as a nickname to St. Francis of Assisi (whose Italian baptismal name was actually Giovanni) because of his wealthy father’s business connections in France and his general admiration of the French people. St. Francis had a pleasant, happy childhood, but as a young man, a couple of bad experiences caused him to turn away from the material world and devote himself to the poor and sick. After he was joined by a few disciples, these so-called Franciscans dedicated themselves to humility, poverty and the love for all living creatures. St. Francis is often depicted surrounded by animals, particularly birds, so it’s no surprise that he is the patron saint of animals and the environment, but he is also the patron saint of Italy. Thanks to the cult that grew up around St. Francis, the name spread in the 14th century and became even more popular during the Italian Renaissance of the 16th century. This medieval classic has given way to several forms in various languages including François (French), Franz (German), Francisco (Spanish), and Francesco or Franco (Italian). The feminine versions of this name are Frances, Francesca or Françoise and the many pet forms include Franny, Frank, Fran, Fanny, Frankie, Francie and Sissy.

Popularity of the Name Fannie

You might be surprised to learn just how popular Fannie was at the turn of the 20th century. In fact, in 1880 (the first year for which we have data), Fannie was the 49th most popular girl’s name in the country. In the year 1900, she was ranked #63. In fact, Fannie held a Top 100 position on the charts up through 1914. From there her decline from usage was slow and steady until the 1950s when those drops became much more significant. By 1967, Fannie disappeared from America’s Top 1000 list. It’s been over 40 years since this diminutive darling has been seen in circulation. However, there was a time, at the turn of the century when such old-fashioned diminutives peppered America’s Top 100 list (and we’re seeing some of them return). Here are some examples from 1900: Annie, Bessie, Minnie, Elsie, Lillie, Nellie, Mattie, Hattie, Jessie, Willie, Mamie, Fannie, Maggie, Effie, Nettie and Lottie. Fannie has yet to see a revival, perhaps due to the fact that “fanny” is a term playfully used for one’s behind.
Popularity of the Girl Name Fannie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Fannie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Fannie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Fannie

    Fanny (Ferrars) Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility) Fanny Dashwood is a minor (but manipulative) character in Jane Austen's 1811 novel, Sense and Sensibility. She is the wife of John Dashwood, who inherits his father’s estate and under his wife’s influence, turns his three younger half-sisters and their mother out into the cruel, cold world (well, actually into a well-appointed cottage, but, anyway…). Fanny continues to snub the Dashwood girls, fearing that one of her brothers is becoming attached to one of them. All in all, Fanny is wonderfully self-absorbed, vain and money-grubbing, a hearty and refreshing antidote to some of her literary sisters.

    Fanny Crowne (Brave New World) Fanny Crowne is a minor character in Aldous Huxley’s classic futuristic novel, Brave New World, published in 1932. She is the friend of the main female character, Lenina, and serves to embody the virtue of adherence to the state established and controlled value and social system. This is a system that touts material wealth and satisfaction (by a select few) as a moral necessity. The hopes and desires of individuals toward higher aspirations have been carefully bred away by the state – Fanny is an excellent example of the shallow and soporific condition which has taken its place – the perfect citizen.

    Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) Fanny Hill is the protagonist of the shockingly erotic 1748/9 novel by John Cleland, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, more popularly known as Fanny Hill, and considered to be the first English pornographic novel. True to that reputation, the book was repeatedly banned, censored and pirated in underground editions for the next couple of centuries. Fanny starts life as an innocent victim of fate – orphaned in her teens, she is betrayed by friends and unknowingly set up for a life of prostitution. A funny thing happens on the way to the life - Fanny finds that sex is to her liking in its many forms, and she also has the good fortune to fall in love with a nobleman. Alas, when she is pregnant, the young man’s father spirits him off, and after suffering a miscarriage, Fanny finally gets down to (the) business. Fanny is no faint-hearted flower – lustily in love with life, she meets it head-on and deals with it with pleasure. She has a successful career in the profession and happily retires to a marriage in which she combines sexuality with romance. What a deal!

    Fanny Price (Mansfield Park) Fanny Price is the protagonist of Jane Austen’s 1814 novel, Mansfield Park. Fanny is one of those too-good-to-be-true heroines so dear to the milieu – a poor and virtuous girl who is initially spurned by her social betters, but whose enduring moral superiority, not to mention physical beauty, eventually win the day. Love, marriage and wealth are the happy consequences. ‘Nuf said.

  • Popular Songs on Fannie

    Popular Songs on Fannie

    Fanny (Be Tender with My Love) - a song by The Bee Gees

    Fanny Mae - a song by the Steve Miller Band

    Short Fat Fannie - a song by Larry Williams

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Fannie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Fannie

    Fannie in the Kitchen (Deborah Hopkinson) - Subtitled “The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements”. Marcia enjoys being her mother's helper, so she's hurt when Mother hires Fannie Farmer to prepare family's meals. But sure enough Fannie's charm (and griddle cakes!) win Marcia over, and she finds herself cooking up delights she never thought possible! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Fanny at Chez Panisse: A Child's Restaurant Adventures with 46 Recipes (Alice L. Waters) - Opening up the magic world of cooking to children, Alice Waters describes, in the words of seven-year-old Fanny, the path food travels from the garden to the kitchen to the table. Teaching kids where food really comes from not just from the market but from farms and people who care about the earth, Fanny at Chez Panisse has lessons on the importance of eating with your hands, of garlic and of composting and recycling. It is also a delightful beginner's cookbook with 46 recipes that will tempt children into the desire to cook and eat with whole hearts, alert minds and all the senses. From banana milkshakes and green apple sherbet to cherry tomato pasta and black beans and sour cream, as well as spaghetti and meatballs, french fries and pizza, there is something here for every child to prepare and enjoy. Recommended for ages 9-13.

    Miss Fannie's Hat (Jan Karon) - Ninety-nine year old Miss Fannie has lots of hats, and she loves them all. But her favorite is the pink straw hat with the silk roses. That's the one Miss Fannie has worn on Easter Sunday for the past thirty-five years. When Miss Fannie's preacher asks her to donate one of her precious hats to the church auction, choosing which one to part with is no small task. This heartwarming story about the rewards of unselfish love will enchant readers young and old. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Fannie

    Famous People Named Fannie

    Famous People Named Fannie - Fannie Flagg (stage name of actress Patricia Neal); Fannie Lou Hamer (civil rights activist); Fannie Hurst (author); Fanny Brice (actress); Fannie Farmer (culinary author); Fanny Ardant (French actress); Fanny Mendelssohn (German composer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Fannie

    Children of Famous People Named Fannie

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Fannie - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Fannie.

  • Historic Figures

    Fannie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Fanny Brice (29 Oct 1891 – 29 May 1951) - Fanny Brice was a hugely popular American comedian, singer and actress who had successful careers in cabaret, theater, film and radio, and was further immortalized by Barbra Streisand’s portrayal of her in the 1964 Broadway musical and the subsequent 1968 film, Funny Girl, (which won Streisand the Best Actress Oscar). Born Fania Borach in New York City of Hungarian Jewish descent, Fanny dropped out of school in 1908 to work in burlesque and, within only two years, had made it into the famed Ziegfeld Follies. Fanny went on to great acclaim and fame over the years, with her inimitable (assumed) Yiddish accent, and perhaps had her biggest success playing the bratty little “Baby Snooks” for almost twenty years on the radio. Married three times and the mother of two, Fanny Brice made “My Man” her signature song (along with “Second Hand Rose), and it inevitably evokes the memory of her second husband, the con-man, Nicky Arnstein. He may have used her and abused her, but, as she sang: “But whatever my man is, I am his - forever." Well, maybe he really did look like Omar Sharif.

Personality of the Girl Name Fannie

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Fannie

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