August 5, 2014 § Leave a comment
French diminutive of “Josephine”, feminine form of “Joseph“.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Etta, Ette, Ettie, Etty, Fifi, Fifine, Netta, Nette, Nettie, Netty, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Finette de Saint-Amaranthe, Becky’s mercenary French maid (paid for by Lord Steyne) in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).