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.
(female) Nacy, Noncy, ..
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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)
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 #820. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.