Gender: Female Origin of Nancy: English diminutive of Ann Meaning of Ann: English variation of Hebrew Hannah, "grace" Nancy's Popularity in 2019: #904

Nancy Origin and Meaning

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

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.

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Rank in US: #904

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Famous People Named Nancy

Pop Culture References for the name Nancy

Nancee, Nance, Nanscey, Nannie, Nanncey, Nanita, Nanna, Nanci, Nann, Nancie, Nanncy, Nanette, Nusa, Nanni, Nan, Nanny,

Nancy's International Variations

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


cheesy-biscuit Says:


I really want to like this name. Nancy Mulligan sure helps though.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


Nancy has that oldie charm but a youthful sound.

Daiseymae Says:


Agreed. I am older than you.

iipostmvh Says:


I agree. I’m in my 30’s, I’ve heard of the term nancy boy, but no one in my age group uses or used it. It’s quite the dated term. I don’t think a child growing up today would even give it a thought.

Wittyusername103 Says:


I'm 17 and I have never heard someone use the term Nancy boy.

Daiseymae Says:


I still like this name. Cute!

MonikerWanderer Says:


Dated, but super cute.

Mahen Lone Says:


The best lovely name ever I loved, wow, that sounds too great, I decided
to call my lovely daughter by this name only... NANCY.. I love her a
lot, its great to read that the name is so popular & its within

Victoria19008 Says:


Deserves a comeback. I know it seems dated but a little baby named Nancy sounds very sweet.

LostKid Says:


I only think of rude middle aged women when I hear this. It's too dated for me.

sometimeschessie Says:


Classic and fresh choice!

Fictionprincess Says:


#689 2013. #752 2014. #820 2015

Tsk tsk. I'm very shocked to learn that this name is still within the charts. Thankfully, it's been decling in popularity for quiet some time (for decades)
Nancy isn't just "bleque" and dated (a name that works best on an older female) but is a slang reference. "Nancyboy" and all. And yes, the slang is still commonly used today.
Nancy is dated even for a 30 to 40 year old. I couldn't even imagine it on a youth.

Nancy Leonard Says:


Rude and untrue....
What's that say for you and your name?
Signed....Nancy (who always smiles unless someone is rude and unpleasant).

lissrose30 Says:


This is my great-grandmother's name and I quiet like it.

EW314 Says:


My cousin's name, though she's actually called something else but goes by one of her middles. I love my cousin but I have to say I find her name weak, wet-sounding and hissy. Really dislike it.

EW314 Says:


Agree. I get the same vibe from Darcey and Dulcie too - I think it's the "see" sound for me, it sounds kind of putrid to me.

headintheclouds Says:


I really dislike Nancy. My mind categorizes it into the same dated-and-not-in-the-good-revivable-way group as Muriel, Barbara etc. There's also something about it that makes me think of frowning scolding old (not in a happy nice grandmotherly way) nannies and general unpleasantness. I just can't put my finger on the reason why I feel so strongly about this name.

gmdx Says:


This is my grandma's name. I wonder if anyone realized our names have the same meaning. I'm named after her anyway. She's Nancy Elizabeth and I'm Grace Elizabeth.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


Is it terrible that I like this name? Maybe it's just personal taste, but at any rate, I find Nancy surprisingly light, with a youthful sound. Quite pretty, actually. Reminds me of Nancy Drew :)

ThistleThorn Says:


Fancy Nancy!

scblovesnames Says:


I like this name.

Eva Thyssen Says:


I love this name, it's cute and classic.

chellemma1 Says:


I don't find Nancy dated at all - I think it is a sweet old fashioned name that seems to be making its way back into style, I really like this name!

mabespark Says:


So dated.

kitchi1 Says:


Love Nancy. Very surprised to see it on the list, "Names Always in the Top 1000". I've never met anyone else who's liked this name, haha. Not even my grandmother, who's name is Nancy!