Fanny (name)

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Other names
Related names Frances, Fannie

Fanny is a given name. It is also a pet form of Frances, and a form of Myfanwy.


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


  • Baroness Franziska Fanny von Arnstein (1758–1818), a leader of society in Vienna, born Vögele Itzig
  • 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

Fictional characters[edit]