Fanny (name)

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Related names Frances, Fannie

Fanny is a given name, and a pet form of Frances. Notable people bearing this name include:

Given name[edit]

Pet form of Frances[edit]

  • Fanny Allen (1784-1819), first woman from New England to become a Catholic nun
  • Fanny Brawne (1800-1865), engaged to poet John Keats
  • Fanny Brough (1852-1914), British stage actress
  • Frances Burney (1752-1840), English novelist, diarist and playwright
  • Fanny Crosby (1820-1915), American Methodist rescue mission worker, poet, lyricist and composer
  • Fanny Durack (1889-1956), Australian swimmer
  • Fanny Fitzwilliam (1801-1854), English stage actress and theatre manager
  • Fanny Imlay (1794-1816), illegitimate daughter of the British writer and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Fanny Kemble (1809-1893), English actress, writer and anti-slavery figure
  • Frances Nelson (1761-1831), wife of Admiral Horatio Nelson
  • Fanny Stevenson (1840-1914), wife of writer Robert Louis Stevenson


  • Fanny de Beauharnais (1737-1813), French lady of letters and salon-holder born Marie-Anne-Françoise Mouchard
  • Fanny Cerrito (1817-1909), Italian ballet dancer and choreographer born Francesca Cerrito
  • Fanny Cornforth (1835-c. 1906), model and mistress of painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, real name thought to be Sarah Cox
  • Fanny Cradock (1909-1994), English restaurant critic born Phyllis Nan Sortain
  • Fanny Fern (1811-1872), pen name of Sara Willis, American newspaper columnist, humorist, novelist, and author of children's stories
  • Fanny Heldy (1888-1973), Belgian operatic soprano born Marguerite Virginie Emma Clémentine Deceuninck
  • Princess Fanny von Starhemberg (1875-1943), Austrian politician born Franziska Gräfin von Larisch-Mönnich
  • Fanny Tarnow (1779-1862), German writer born Franziska Christiane Johanna Friederike Tarnow
  • Frederick Fanny Walden (1888-1949), English footballer and cricketer

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