What does Algernon mean?
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.
How popular is Algernon?
Algernon is an uncommon first name for males. Algernon is a unique surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Prominent varying forms of Algernon (not ranked) listed in the Top 1000 are Al and Algie. Adoption of these boy names reached its most widespread during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.3555%) and is now significantly lower, with the version Al becoming less in vogue. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Algernon and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)