Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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.

All About the Baby Name – Fannie

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.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL 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.

Quick Facts

ON FANNIE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

FAN-nee

SIMPLE MEANING:

French, free

Characteristics

OF FANNIE

Dependable

Solid

Practical

Hard-working

Industrious

Studious

Conservative

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Fannie

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME FANNIE

Popular Songs

ON FANNIE

Short Fat Fannie
a song by Larry Williams

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

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Fannie

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME FANNIE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Fannie