They’re also given names outside of the US. For instance, there’s an Aunt Fanny in Enid Blyton’s “Famous Five” series. And Prince William would certainly have be called Willy at some stage of his life.
Incidentally, “fanny” also means female genitals here in Australia. This made the inimitable theme from “The Nanny” even greater:
“She was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens
'Til her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes.
What was she to do?
Where was she to go?
She was out on her faaaaaanny!”
I just returned from England where I discovered the following additional oddities:
lemonade = sprite that has been visited by a slice of lemon
gamin steak = ham
water = you have to actually ask for iced tap water or else they’ll bring you a very expensive bottle of “still”
fish & chips = order them only on a Tuesday or Thursday & early in the day if you want the freshest stuff (they don’t go fishing on weekends)
English Breakfast = disgusting mess hotels serve to tourists
I also found British people absolutely delightful, very funny and engaging. Their sarcasm is the best.