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What does Nancy mean?

Nancy \n(a)-ncy, nan-cy\ as a girls' name is pronounced NAN-cee. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Nancy is "He (God) has favored me". Variant of Ann. Originally a nickname first used as a given name in the 18th century. First Lady Nancy Reagan; skater Nancy Kerrigan; writer Nancy Mitford.


Nancy has 16 variants: Nainsey, Nainsi, Nance, Nancee, Nancey, Nanci, Nancie, Nancsi, Nanice, Nann, Nanncey, Nanncy, Nannie, Nanny, Nansee and Nansey.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Anne and Nan.

Nancy has 1 more different form via Ann: Annie.


Nancy is a very popular first name for women (#12 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#60390 out of 150436, Top 40%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Nancy for girls. Nancy reached its top position of #7 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is presently at #752. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nancy name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nancy outside U.S.

Prominent alternative forms of Nancy (#752 the previous year) are Ann (#945 the previous year), Anne (#553), Annie (#311), Nan, Nanci, Nancie and Nannie. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.652%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.1799%, down 72.4%), with versions such as Ann, Anne, Nan, Nancy and Nannie falling out of style. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Nancy and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ann, Anne, Annie, Nan, Nanci, Nancie, Nancy, Nannie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Annie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Fancy and Yancy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nancy.