Origins Available: English
name Fanny comes from the family having resided near a marsh or swamp. Another name for wetlands is fen,
in the Old English fenn,
from which this name is derived. There are two place-names that may serve as sources for the name as well: Fen, in Lincolnshire
, and Venn, in Devon.
Early Origins of the Fanny family
The surname Fanny was first found in Devon
, where the family held a family seat
from early times. The origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the Fanny family emerged independently in different areas during the Middle Ages. The earliest known bearer of the name was Godwin de la Fenna, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls
Early History of the Fanny family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fanny research.Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1185, 1190, 1199, 1297, 1639, 1637, 1723, 1615, 1987, 1687, 1586, 1650, 1641 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Fanny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fanny Spelling Variations
Fanny has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Fenn, Fenne, Fennoy, Fann, Fan, Venn, Fen and others.
Early Notables of the Fanny family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Richard Venn or Fenn (died 1639), an English merchant and politician, Lord Mayor of London in 1637; John Fenn (died May 1723), an early 18th century English pirate who sailed with Captain Bartholomew Roberts; John Fenn (d. December 1615), an English Roman... Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fanny Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fanny family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Fannys to arrive on North American shores: Richard Fenn, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Richard Fenn, who immigrated to New England
in 1635; Charles Fann, who came to Maryland in 1663; Joshua Fenn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682.
Contemporary Notables of the name Fanny (post 1700)
- Kate Fanny Loder (1825-1904), English composer and pianist
- Fanny M. Harrington, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of River Rouge, Michigan, 2001 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Fanny Fleury (1848-1920), French painter from Paris; she showed works at the Paris Salon from 1869 to 1882
- Fanny Isabel Briceno Frontado (b. 1987), Venezuelan female artistic gymnast at the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
- Fanny Tuell (b. 1923), birth name of Faye Adams, also known as Faye Scruggs, an American rhythm and blues singer, active in the 1950s
- Fanny Thorn, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Fanny Cornforth (1835-1909), English artist's model and mistress of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossett
- Fanny Bullock Workman (1859-1925), American geographer, cartographer, explorer, and mountaineer, one of the first female professional mountaineers who set several women's altitude records, published eight travel books with her husband
- Fanny Fern (1811-1872), born Sara Payson Willis, American writer who was the first woman to have a regular newspaper column
- Fanny Cradock (1909-1994), born Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey, an English restaurant critic, television cook and writer frequently appearing on television