Re: Is Fannie/Fanny a Nickname? #general


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craspler@bellsouth.net (Carol Raspler) writes:
I I don't think I've seen too many Fanny(s) being listed on the passenger
manifests >from Europe, but it was a most popular name for Jewish ladies
new to the United States >from before the turn of the 20th c. Would it have
represented a "Yankee" version of Frances? or Feige? or Fruma? etc.
Fanny or Fannie is a diminutive of Frances. It was a very popular name among
non-Jews in the United States in the 19th century. Jews who adopted this name
might have used it to replace a Yiddish name starting with the F sound, likely
Feiga, Frayda, Fruma or their variants, or something completely unrelated.

Robert Israel israel@math.MyUniversitysInitials.ca
University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada

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