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Gender: Female Origin of Nan: English, diminutive of Nancy Meaning of Nancy: English diminutive of Ann

The name Nan is a girl's name of English origin. Nan and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

From the experts:

Bobbsey Twins-era nickname name that could find new life via Nan, heroine of The Nanny Diaries. Nan was also the nickname of Annabel St George, the protagonist of Edith Wharton's novel "The Buccaneers".

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Famous People Named Nan

Nan Alison Sutter Hayworth, U.S. Congresswoman from New York
Nan Wood Honeyman, U.S. Congresswoman from New York
Katherine Ann "Nan" Merriman, American operatic mezzo-soprano
Nan Ahearn Talese, American book editor
Nan C. Robertson, American journalist and author
Nanna Popham "Nan" Britton, mistress of U.S. President Warren Harding and mother of their child
Nan Kempner, American socialite
Nan Martin, American actress
Nannerl "Nan" Overholser Keohane, American academic and university president
Nannie Dorothea "Nan" Hinkle Phelps, American folk artist

Pop Culture References for the name Nan

Nan Flanagan, character on the TV show "True Blood"
Nan, a character in Huntley Fitzpatrick's novel "My Life Next Door"
Nan, character in "American Horror Story: Coven," played by Jamie Brewer
Nan, one of the names of Arya Stark in "Game of Thrones"
Anne "Nan" Blythe, daughter of Anne in the "Anne of Green Gables" series
Nan Merriman, younger sister of Felicity Merriman in American Girl's "Felicity" series
Annabel "Nan" St. George, character in "The Buccaneers"


niteowl13 Says:


Nan is a great name...but... it is no longer useable. Too close to Nanny and Nana. I would want my grandkids to call me Nan. :)

kitchi1 Says:


Love, love, love the name Nan. Afraid people will find it too plain, however. :(
Maybe I'll name my dog Nan, lol