English diminutive of Ann

Nancy Origin and Meaning

The name Nancy is a girl's name of Hebrew, French origin meaning "grace".

Nancy originated as a contraction of "mine Ancy," with Ancy being a nickname for Annis, a Medieval English variation of Agnes. In the 18th century it began being used in its own right, as well as a nickname for Ann. Related names include Nan, Nance, Nanette, Nanny, and Nanou.

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. However, Nancy's star appears to be waning, as it has lost popularity in recent years. But the name itself is still lovely. Nancy has a pleasant sound and look and is easy to spell and pronounce.

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 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

# 942 in the US

Nancy Rank in US Top 1000

# 315 on Nameberry

Nancy Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Nancy Popularity

Famous People Named Nancy

  • Nancy Hanks Lincolnmother of Abraham Lincoln
  • Nancy Davis Reagan (born Anne Frances Robbins)U.S. First Lady as wife of President Ronald Reagan
  • Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosiformer U.S. Speaker of the House
  • Nancy Lamoureaux WilsonAmerican lead singer of band Heart
  • Nancy Sandra SinatraAmerican singer; daughter of singer/actor Frank Sinatra
  • Nancy Jean CartwrightAmerican voice actress
  • Nancy Ann KerriganAmerican Olympic figure skating champ
  • Nancy Nabil AjramLebanese pop singer
  • Nancy Ann GraceAmerican legal commentator and prosecutor
  • Nancy MitfordEnglish novelist
  • Nancy Justine McKeonAmerican actress
  • Nancy WakeNew Zealand agent in World War II
  • Nancy Laura Spungengirlfriend of the Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious
  • Anna Selina "Nancy" StoraceEnglish soprano
  • Nancy Jane KulpAmerican character actress
  • Nancy Ann TravisAmerican actress
  • Nancy Camerondaughter of British Prime Minister, David Cameron
  • Nancy Leigh "Naleigh" Kelly (adopted 2009)daughter of American actress Katherine Heigl
  • Nancy Jewel McDonieAmerican, Korean singer of girl group Momoland
  • Nancy "Ka Shen" KwanChinese,American actress

Nancy in Pop Culture

  • Nancy Botwinmain character on TV's "Weeds"
  • Nancy Drewmystery series created by Carolyn Keene and its main character
  • Nancycharacter in Dickens' "Oliver Twist"
  • Nancycharacter in Archie & Friends comics
  • Nancy Callahancharacter in novel/film "Sin City"
  • Nancycharacter on "Kimberly"
  • Nancy Nicholscharacter on TV's "Doc"
  • Nancy Bobofitcharacter in the 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' series
  • Nancy Ingeldewcharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Nancy Downscharacter in movie "The Craft"
  • Nancy Landgraabcharacter in "The Sims" (3&4) computer games
  • Nancy Wheelercharacter on TV's "Stranger Things"
  • Nancy Westoncharacter on TV's "Thirtysomething"
  • Miss Nancymain character in novelette "The Sitter's Hand" by author Tina Tirrell
  • "Nancy Mulligan" song by Ed Sheeran
  • "Fancy Nancy" children's book and TV series
  • "For the Love of Nancy" 1994 made,for,TV movie
  • "Sid and Nancy" 1986 British biopic about Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen
  • Nancy Blackettmain character in the "Swallows and Amazons" series
  • Nancycomic strip character
  • Nancy Shawcrosscharacter in "A God in Ruins" by Kate Atkinson
  • Nancy Goldfinchcharacter in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain
  • Nancy Landgraabcharacter in the Sims franchise

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