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Meaning and Name Origin

Algernon \a-lger-non, al-ge-rnon\ as a boys' name is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Algernon is "wearing a mustache". The Normans were usually clean-shaven, and this was a nickname for William de Percy, a companion of William the Conqueror. It was revived in the 15th century for his descendant Henry Percy, and adopted into other families connected to them. Oscar Wilde used it for a brainless fop in "The Importance of Being Earnest". Algy and Algie are pet forms. English poet Algernon Swinburne.


Algernon has 8 variants: Al, Alger, Algernone, Algey, Algie, Algy, Aljernon and Allgernon.


Algernon is an uncommon first name for males. Algernon is a unique surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Algernon and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Algernon (#unlisted) are Al and Algie. Adoption of these boy names reached its most widespread during the years 1880-1889 and is now significantly lower, with the version Al becoming less in vogue. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Al, Algie in U.S.

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