Re: Is Fannie/Fanny a Nickname? #general

Peter Zavon <pzavon@...>

Fanny is a pet name for Frances in the English-speaking world, but was also
used as a name in its own right. It was VERY popular in the 19th century
and very early 20th century, but became less popular as it became more
commonly used as a common name for a part of the human anatomy.

Nevertheless, during the height of the East European immigration it was a
very popular female name and was commonly used as the Yankee name by many
immigrant women whose European personal names began with the letter "F". It
was certainly widely, but not universally, used for Feige and Fruma, and for
many other names.

Peter Zavon
Penfield, NY

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