"red-haired warrior"

Clancy Origin and Meaning

The name Clancy is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "red-haired warrior".

Clancy, one of the original crossover Irish surname names, is as energetic and appealing as ever — full of moxie, more distinctive than Casey, and also one of the less obvious of the red-headed names.

A literary namesake is Clancy Sigal, author of the autobiographical novel Going Away, and there is also the comical mid-century song, Clancy Lowered the Boom.

More common as a last name than a first, Clancy has gained fame via the Irish folk music group the Clancy Brothers, and one of the bestselling authors of all time, Tom Clancy, known for his espionage and techno thrillers.

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Clancy Popularity

Famous People Named Clancy

  • Clarence J. "Clancy" Brown IIIAmerican actor
  • Clancy SigalAmerican novelist
  • Clancy EcclesJamaican ska and reggae singer
  • Clancy MartinCanadian philosopher
  • Clarence Clifford "Clancy" Pendergast IIIAmerican football coach
  • Clancy EdwardsAmerican sprinter
  • Tom ClancyAmerican novelist
  • PaddyTom, Bobby, & Liam Clancy, Irish folksingers

Clancy in Pop Culture

  • Clancyfree,spirited subject of the poem "Clancy of the Overflow," by Banjo Patterson, an iconic Australian bush poet
  • Clancy LassGeorge's dad on "Dead Like Me"
  • Clancy Graycharacter in Alexandra Bracken's "The Darkest Minds" trilogy
  • Clancy Wiggumpolice chief on Fox's "The Simpsons"
  • Clancy Jarvischaracter in the game "Resident Evil 7"
  • Clancy Crewcharacter from Lauren Child's Ruby Redfort book series
  • Jim ClancyMelinda's husband on CBS' "Ghost Whisperer"
  • Clancya fictional character created by band Twenty One Pilots, who attempts to escape a city called Dema.