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This name used to be OK, but now you wouldn't dream of calling your child it, would you?
name_obsession  5/23/2005
The name derives from the orphic god "Fannes", the creator of the world in the ancient Greek mythology. The word means "bright" in Greek.
Damis  6/27/2005
Fanny J. Crosby was a prolific hymn writer of the 1800's.
breakofday  12/29/2005
Who'd want to name their child after a lady's front bottom?
hana  1/27/2006
I do not like the name, and would not like it even if it didn't mean bottom.
― Anonymous User  2/11/2006
I like the spelling of the name but the English pronunciation sucks. In Sweden we pronounce this name FUN-ee, like in the pronunciation of the word funny, much better in my opinion because of what it means in English. Too bad.
AnonaBee  3/1/2006
Let's not all forget "Sweet Fanny Adams". A young girl who was brutally murdered in 1867. People have used this expression to the present day.
rosco kid  5/8/2006
What a disgusting name to call your daughter. How sad.
― Anonymous User  9/18/2006
That "disgusting" comment seems a bit out of place considering the name predates the slang. It appears in so many pieces of 18th and 19th century literature and was really popular at the time, but I just hate it. In the stories I've written, since occasionally I feel I have to use it because it was just that popular, I always give it to the characters I hate most.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2007
"Fanny and Alexander" is a famous Ingmar Bergman film, won Oscars.
― Anonymous User  11/15/2006
In "Mansfield Park," by Jane Austen, the heroine's name is Fanny Price. Good book, terrible name. Poor girl.
foolsinloveXx  1/1/2007
This is a really common nickname in Mexico and it's used for the name Stephanie.
michi_vane  1/15/2007
Ewww! How gross! If my name were Frances, I would go by either Frances or Fran! If you want to name your child this, please think of something else!
CharlieRob  5/5/2007
The slang meaning of "Fanny" has different meanings in the U.K. and Australia than it does in the U.S. In the U.S. it means the buttocks, while in Australia and the British Isles, it refers to the female genitals.
gaelruadh19  5/17/2007
Fanny pack was a thing in the 80's, and had the "hip" catchphrase "You put the Fanny Pack on the Fanny." I laugh whenever I think of this relation.
spaz123  10/7/2007
Fanny is a horrible name! Eww! Gross!
― Anonymous User  10/22/2007
An important tidbit for Americans is that in Britain and Australia, "Fanny" does not mean "backside" but "vagina" or "vulva," depending on who defines it. Saying "I'll put it in my Fanny-pack" or "sitting on your Fanny" or other such things could earn you strange looks.

The name itself does not bother me, but just imagine all of the flack that the child would go through at the immaturity of others!
gaelruadh19  12/19/2007
I had a great-aunt Fanny. This name reminds me of old people that collect little knick-knacks all over their house and dye their hair blue (not that my aunt Fanny did that, it just does).
iheartgerik  2/8/2008
I would never be mean to my daughter and name her Fanny. Maybe Francesca, but never Fanny.
jasmineenimsaj  3/3/2008
Name her Butt, and get it over with.
sweetkit  3/12/2008
Fanny Dashwood is the selfish half-sister-in-law of Elinor and Marianne in Jane Austen's -Sense and Sensibility-. Miss Austen also used this name for both the heroine and her mother in -Mansfield Park-. (I believe Jane Austen had a niece with this name.)
Eruanna_Meldiriel  4/9/2008
No matter where you go in English-speaking countries, this name has a slang meaning you don't want to live with; it's either the ass or the vagina/vulva. Even if this name wasn't used like that, it sure sounds girly, cutesy, and immature, even in European countries like Sweden.
slight night shiver  5/24/2008
No matter where you go, this name has a derogatory meaning. There's the American meaning of "butt". But I think the British meaning is worse because it refers to the female genitalia!
bananarama  8/15/2008
This name would be so charming if it didn't have so many unfortunate connections. It is actually a lovely name. But not only does it mean butt/vagina in English it also sounds like the English word "funny" when pronounced the European (non English speaking countries) way. It also sounds a lot like the German word "Pfanne" which means "frying pan". This name is quite popular in France pronounced Fun-NEE and in Sweden pronounced FUHN-nee.

I really do think it's charming and if you can't resist using it I suggest naming your daughter Francesca and just calling her Fanny when nobody is around unless strange looks and comments don't bother your or the child.
Lily8  10/10/2008
This name is VERY popular in many francophone countries, I knew many girls with this name abroad. There was a French girl who came to the U.S. the year before I left named Fanny and everyone made fun of her and slapped her butt. I can't imagine what they would be slapping in commonwealth nations. :-0

I would name my child Fanny if I lived in a francophone nation, other than the unfortunate association, it's really cute! Fanny is a very polite word for butt anyway!
― Anonymous User  10/29/2008
My name is Fannie short for Frances and I like my name. It's not too bad here in Ireland where we don't really call ladies' private's fannies. I'm 16 by the way. :)
― Anonymous User  12/8/2009
Fanny Burney great English novelist.
― Anonymous User  3/8/2010
Fanny Mendelsohn the sister of the great German composer Felix Mendelsohn but also a great musician in her own right.
― Anonymous User  3/8/2010
Francesca Klingenschoen, referred to as 'Aunt Fanny', from the Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun.
― Anonymous User  2/4/2011
In Greece people use it as short for the male name Theofanis.
erdbeere  3/11/2011
Hmm. At least it's not as bad as Titty.
Don't name your kid this. It was popular then, but now, being named after your butt, your boob, your... part... is a horrible thing.
bonjourfrenchfry  7/29/2011
Fanny Ardant is a French actress.
Kosta  1/11/2012
There is an old Irish air called Fanny Power, named after a woman who's first name was Fanny and surname was Power. At the time the word Fanny wasn't used as it is now, but it is still kind of funny.
― Anonymous User  3/14/2012
My name is Fanny! I have never even heard about someone who has used it for something else than a name. I live in Finland so maybe it's different here?! I pronounce my name "funy".
― Anonymous User  7/10/2012
Regardless of the slang meaning, this is a very tacky and childish name.
zaki95  9/14/2012
Hm. This name is still quite popular in France. It has even been in their top 100.
― Anonymous User  8/24/2013
Fanny Fulbright (a.k.a Numbuh 86) is a fictional character in Codename: Kids Next Door.
― Anonymous User  5/4/2014
I can't understand why people start to put good names into slang, and then nobody uses these pretty names. Fanny and Fanni are sweet names in Hungary, too. 10 years ago Fanni was in the 3rd position in the top names. So where people don't speak English it's still a good name. Anyway, the Hungarian pronunciation is FAHN-ni, and it will always be a good name.
― Anonymous User  6/26/2014
Fanny has also been used in France for a very long time. (Provencial diminutive of the name Françoise). [noted -ed]
Valmont  10/20/2014
Famous bearers: Fanny, main female character of Marcel Pagnol's 1932 "Trilogie Marseillaise". And Fanny Ardant, French actress born in 1949.
Valmont  10/20/2014
In Henry James's novel The Golden Bowl, there is a character named Fanny Assingham. (No kidding!)
Kosta  1/22/2015
Fanny is the name of the wicked older sister in most English translations of Charles Perrault's fairy tale Diamonds and Toads. (She is called Fanchon in the original French version.)
Buneary  5/10/2015
LOL I can't believe this name is actually rated Good. Oh dear, what has the English speaking world come to?
― Anonymous User  6/28/2015
The name is also used in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Germany.
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
Fanny Bright was mentioned in the song "Jingle Bells."
KittenMeow  4/17/2016
Well people, believe it or not but my name is Fanny. I don't really have a problem with it, even though people have given my name a weird meaning. I am planning to move to the US, and they'll just have to deal with it, haha. I like my name because it's a cool and special name. If your name is Fanny as well, just embrace it! It's a part of you, you rock that name!
mynameisfanny  4/19/2016
When I was in middle school, I had a friend named Fanny. She was recently arrived from Uruguay, where apparently Fanny is a perfectly acceptable name. After a few years in the U.S., she realized what we all know, that Fanny is an untenable name in the U.S., and she began going by her middle name, Renee. There was just no other choice. It's not a matter of Americans having to "deal"- we'll deal with no problem, by laughing. You're the one who will have to deal.
queenv  5/9/2016
Fanny Neguesha is a Belgian model and media personality, daughter of Congolese-Rwandan mother and an Italian father. In 2010, Neguesha began her career as a model in France with the agency Lixya.
cutenose  5/30/2016
The name Fanny was given to 50 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
This name is beautiful... I don't care what people say about it!
cutenose  1/11/2017
Fanny Blomé is born 1989 in Norrköping. She is a Swedish model and the former Miss Earth Sweden titleholder. She was succeeding Ivana Gagula in October 2008 and represented Sweden in one of the worlds' three biggest international contests, Miss Earth. The beauty pageant which has focus on environment took place in the Philippines. Fanny was one of two Swedish citizens in the Miss Earth 2008 pageant, alongside Miss Kosovo, Yllka Berisha. Miss Blomé was one of few blondes in the contest.
lilolaf  6/10/2017
Fanny De Aguiar is a Swedish singer.
― Anonymous User  12/28/2017
I like this name in the literature, I can perfectly understand why it was so liked centuries ago, it's cute and girly. It's a bit childish to me, but putting these unlucky associations aside, its sound is not that bad. However the meaning behind the word Fanny destroys this name for me completely and makes it just absolutely unusable in modern times. Unless you're Scandinavian/French/Mexican etc. And are sure you/your child won't ever visit an English-speaking country or just won't care for people's strange comments. I don't come from an English-speaking country, but my main association with this name isn't unfortunately Fanny Price from "Mansfield Park" or other book heroines, but female genitals. Plus I don't think that it is an advantage that it sounds like funny in so many European languages. It makes it funny in a way that I don't think could be funny for a girl with this name.
mairinn  12/28/2017
Hi, my name is Fanny, I'm from Belgium, and I live on the French speaking side of the country and here it's absolutely normal that someone is called Fanny. I actually have many friends named like me and it's totally okay here.

Not a long time ago I learned what it means in English which I thought was not a big deal regarding the fact that I thought it was an ancient word that no one used anymore. But I recently heard that in the UK and Australia it actually is a big deal.

I think no one should be ashamed of where they come from and if people really want to know you, they'll understand... (you could still be called by a surname like Fan or like my mother called me when I was younger, Nyny).
fanfan  4/10/2018

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