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What does Nancy mean?

Nancy [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.

Associated with: 18th century, lady (noble).


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

Related girl names: Anne and Nan.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Nacy, Noncy, ..

(male) Nanco, Nanse, ..

How popular is Nancy?

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name history of Nancy for girls. Nancy reached its top position of #7 in the U.S. in the 1940s, and is presently at #752. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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 from current records) are Ann (#945 from current records), Anne (#553), Nan, Nancee, Nanci, Nancie, Nannie and Nanny. These forms of Nancy were popular during the years 1940-1949 (median #734) and are now much less common (#1583, 98.3%), with versions such as Ann becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nancy, Ann, Anne, Nan, Nancee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nanci, Nancie, Nannie, Nanny in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Cacy, Cascy, Dacy, Daicy, Darcy, Fancy, Jacy, Jency, Kacy, Lacy, Macy, Maicy, Marcy, Nady, Nana, Nanda, Nani, Nania, Nanna, Nanney, Nanni, Nanon, Nanor, Natty, Tacy and Yancy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nancy.