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

Percy is an adorable old name that is finally shedding its prissy 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.

Famous People Named Percy

Percy Tyrone Sledge, American R&B singer
Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet
William Percival "Percy" Harvin, American football player
Percy Lavon Julian, American chemist and inventor
Percy Lebaron Spencer, American inventor
Percy Aldridge Grainger, Australian composer
Percy Faith, Canadian bandleader
Percy Heath, American jazz bassist
Percy Walker Nelles, Canadian naval chief
Percy Mayfield, American songwriter
Percy Romeo Miller Jr., aka Romeo, American rapper
Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist; winner of the Nobel Prize
(Arthur) Percy Frank Chapman, English cricketer
Percy George Herbert Fender, English cricketer
Percy Lee Snow, American NFL football player
Percy, Robert Plant's nickname in English band Led Zeppelin

Pop Culture References for the name Percy

Perseus "Percy" Jackson, main character in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and The Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus
Percival Ignatius "Percy" Weasley, character in the Harry Potter series
Percy Blakeney, character in "The Scarlet Pimpernel"
Percy Wetmore, character in Stephen King's "The Green Mile"
Percy, mail train in animated series "Thomas the Tank Engine"
Percy, character in the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Percy Grimm, murderer of Joe Christmas, acting in the name of patriotism, in Faulkner's "Light in August" (1932)
Percy, baby owl in "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell
Percy Pig, brand of gummy candy
Percy the Park Keeper, book and TV series by Nick Butterworth
"Percy's Song," song by Bob Dylan

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