Even if Nancy is now a middle-aged name, it still has a pleasantly light, lacy and airy feel. But that doesn't stop it from sliding precipitously down the charts, more than a hundred places in the past year alone. A name that has always been in the Top 1000, Nancy was in the Top 20 from 1931 to 1962, in the Top 10 for several of those years; in 1940, Nancy was given to about 20,000 baby girls.
Nancy is a major character in Oliver Twist and is fondly remembered by some as Nancy Drew, girl detective, while contemporary kids are enjoying the Fancy Nancy series. Frank Sinatra paid tribute to his daughter with the song 'Nancy with the Laughing Face.' Nancy also has political ties, via the mother of Abraham Lincoln, the wife of Ronald Reagan (born Anne) and former House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.