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Gender: Female Meaning of Nancy: "grace" Origin of Nancy: Diminutive of Hebrew Ann Nancy's Popularity in 2017: #878

The name Nancy is a girl's name of Hebrew, French origin meaning "grace". Nancy is ranked #878 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like British Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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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.

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Famous People Named Nancy

Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln
Nancy Davis Reagan (born Anne Frances Robbins), U.S. First Lady as wife of President Ronald Reagan
Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi, former U.S. Speaker of the House
Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson, American lead singer of band Heart
Nancy Sandra Sinatra, American singer; daughter of singer/actor Frank Sinatra
Nancy Jean Cartwright, American voice actress
Nancy Ann Kerrigan, American Olympic figure skating champ
Nancy Nabil Ajram, Lebanese pop singer
Nancy Ann Grace, American legal commentator and prosecutor
Nancy Mitford, English novelist
Nancy Justine McKeon, American actress
Nancy Wake, New Zealand agent in World War II
Nancy Laura Spungen, girlfriend of the Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious
Anna Selina "Nancy" Storace, English soprano
Nancy Jane Kulp, American character actress
Nancy Ann Travis, American actress
Nancy Cameron, daughter of British Prime Minister, David Cameron
Nancy Leigh "Naleigh" Kelly (adopted 2009), daughter of American actress Katherine Heigl

Pop Culture References for the name Nancy

Nancy Botwin, main character on TV's "Weeds"
Nancy Drew, mystery series created by Carolyn Keene and its main character
Nancy, character in Dickens' "Oliver Twist"
Nancy, character in Archie & Friends comics
Nancy Callahan, character in novel/film "Sin City"
Nancy, character on "Kimberly"
Nancy Nichols, character on TV's "Doc"
Nancy Bobofit, character in the 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' series
Nancy Ingeldew, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Nancy Downs, character in movie "The Craft"
Nancy Landgraab, character in "The Sims" (3&4) computer games
Nancy Wheeler, character on TV's "Stranger Things"
Nancy Weston, character on TV's "Thirtysomething"
Miss Nancy, main 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 Blackett, main character in the "Swallows and Amazons" series
Nancy, comic strip character
Nancy Shawcross, character in "A God in Ruins" by Kate Atkinson
Nancy Goldfinch, character in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain

Nancy's International Variations

Nancsi, Nancsie (Hungarian) Nanig (Breton) Nani (Greek) Nanou, Nannette, Nanine (French) Nainsí (Irish Gaelic) Nanée (Armenian)