Nancy is a baby name with an old-timey feel. Though now a popular standalone option with a vintage feel, the name was once a nickname for both Anne and Annis. Currently, it is a top 900 option.

Meaning of the name Nancy:

English: grace

Origin of the name Nancy:

Nancy began as a nickname for the baby name Annis during Medieval times. The nickname became so popular, that it then was used for the name Ann in England. The name became a popular standalone name in America in the 20th century.

Symbolism of the name Nancy:

Annis that Nancy was originally a nickname for traces back to Agnes meaning “lamb.” The lamb was the sign of grace in the Christian church. Ann also means “gracious” which is a form of grace in Hebrew.

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Gender of the name Nancy:

Nancy is a traditional name for baby girls.

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Emotion evoked from the name Nancy:

Nancy sounds vintage and traditional. It is kind, lighthearted, and humble.

Alternative spellings for the name Nancy:

  • Nanci
  • Nancee
  • Nancie 
  • Nanseigh
  • Nanceigh
  • Nansee

Nicknames for the name Nancy:

  • Nance
  • Nanse
  • Nan
  • Nannie
  • Cece
  • Ni Ni

Popularity of the name Nancy:

Nancy was at its most popular in the mid-twentieth century. From 1934 to 1955, it was a top 10 name. The name remained on the top 100 list until 1978. Ever since then, it has declined, and as of 2020, Nancy is rank 893.

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Famous people with the name Nancy:

  • Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House)
  • Nancy Reagan (former first lady)
  • Nancy Lincoln (mother of Abraham Lincoln)
  • Nancy Wilson (lead singer of Heart band)
  • Nancy Sinatra (daughter of Frank Sinatra, singer)
  • Nancy Kerrigan (former Olympic figure skater)
  • Nancy Mitford (novelist)

Nancys in popular culture:

  • Nancy Drew (title character from “Nancy Drew” series)
  • Nancy Wheeler (character from “Stranger Things”)
  • Nancy (character from “Archie & Friends” comics)
  • Nancy Botwin (character from “Weeds”)
  • Nancy Nichols (character from “Doc”)
  • Nancy Callahan (character from “Sin City”)