Gender: Male Origin of Percy: French surname from place name Perci-en-Auge

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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Pop Culture References for the name Percy

Percie, Piercy, Pearcy, Pearcey, Piercey, Percey


Ruanne Says:


Percy for persimmon! That's brilliant.

Ruanne Says:


:)- Nice idea.

Ruanne Says:


Never even heard of Percy Jackson. Must be getting old!

gummybear0724 Says:


Love the name, but hate both Percy Jackson and the Harry Potter series.

foreverharriet Says:


I'm beginning to appreciate this name more and more. Percy Jackson is a great association, as is Percy Weasley (his character arc is really admirable). I also associate it (history nerd coming out now) with the historic House of Percy, one of the most powerful families in England in the middle ages.

fromtheocean12 Says:


I love this name as a standalone, not as a nickname. I also love the Percy Jackson reference, but not the Percy Weasley one as much. But still, it's a great name.

Sorceress Says:


Love Percy as full name. It has that lovely royal vibe.

JustNorthofDreams Says:


I love the name Percy, as a nickname for Perseus or Percival, eitherway it works as a name or middle name too! *I also happen to be a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series...

Patricia13 Says:


I love both this name and the PJO series. I wanna use this as a fn or mn to my future son.

Apernell Says:


I love the name Percy! Especially as a nickname for Perseus.

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


Love the Percy Jackson series and the name Perseus nn Percy!

kitchi1 Says:


Cute nickname for Persephone.

lesliemarion Says:


I adore this name (I named my beloved orange tabby Persie for Persimmon). I'm glad for the Riordan series because I think it renders the name usable again!

HarderToBreathe Says:


The reason I love the name Percy (and Perseus) is because of the Percy Jackson books, as they were the books that got me to love reading and still remain near and dear to my heart. I know it isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I still love the names Percy & Perseus. I like a lot of other names from the series too (for different reasons, but love the extra association) like Jason, Thalia, & Zoe.

araofthemountain Says:


Percy Jackson is the main character of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, and shares the spotlight in the Heroes of Olympus series by the same author.