French surname from place name Perci-en-Auge
"one who pierces the valley"

Percy Origin and Meaning

The name Percy is a boy's name of French origin.
Percy is an adorable old name that is finally shedding its pampered Little Lord Fauntleroy image in this new era of boys with soft yet traditionally male names like Jasper and Elijah. Originating as an aristocratic Norman name, Percy became fairly widespread in England--and to some extent in the US--as an offshoot of the fame of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Percy Bresnahan is a character in the Sinclair Lewis novel Main Street, and one of Thomas the Tank Engine's sidekicks is named Percy; Percy Ignatius Weasley is a Harry Potter character and Perseus "Percy" Jackson is the protagonist of the Heroes of Olympus series.

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Famous People Named Percy

  • Percy Tyrone SledgeAmerican R&B singer
  • Percy Bysshe ShelleyEnglish poet
  • William Percival "Percy" HarvinAmerican football player
  • Percy Lavon JulianAmerican chemist and inventor
  • Percy Lebaron SpencerAmerican inventor
  • Percy Aldridge GraingerAustralian composer
  • Percy FaithCanadian bandleader
  • Percy HeathAmerican jazz bassist
  • Percy Walker NellesCanadian naval chief
  • Percy MayfieldAmerican songwriter
  • Percy Romeo Miller Jr.aka Romeo, American rapper
  • Percy Williams BridgmanAmerican physicist; winner of the Nobel Prize
  • (Arthur) Percy Frank ChapmanEnglish cricketer
  • Percy George Herbert FenderEnglish cricketer
  • Percy Lee SnowAmerican NFL football player
  • PercyRobert Plant's nickname in English band Led Zeppelin

Percy in Pop Culture

  • Perseus "Percy" Jacksonmain character in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and The Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus
  • Percival Ignatius "Percy" Weasleycharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Percy Blakeneycharacter in "The Scarlet Pimpernel"
  • Percy Wetmorecharacter in Stephen King's "The Green Mile"
  • Percy Grimmmurderer of Joe Christmas, acting in the name of patriotism, in Faulkner's "Light in August" (1932)
  • Percyengine in animated series "Thomas and Friends"
  • Percycharacter in the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Percybaby owl in "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell
  • Percy Pigbrand of gummy candy
  • Percy the Park Keeperbook and TV series by Nick Butterworth
  • "Percy's Song" song by Bob Dylan