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What does Nancy mean?

Nancy Pronunciation of 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.

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

(male) Nanco, Nanse, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nancy Kennedi (N.K.), ..

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)

Nancy reached its top position of #7 in the U.S. in the 1940s, and is presently at #820. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nancy name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Nancy (#820 from current records) are Ann (#893 from current records), Anne (#569), 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 (#1586, 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 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.

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