Meaning and Name Origin
Percy \p(e)-rcy, per-cy\ as a boys' name is pronounced PER-see. It is of Latin origin. A British aristocratic surname derived from Persius, a Latin version of a name used among the ancient Gauls. Persius possibly means "to penetrate the hedge" as reference to an effective hunter, in Old French. See also Percival. Author Walker Percy; poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Percy is a very popular first name for males (#465 out of 1220, Top 38%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#5808 out of 88799, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Percy for boys. Percy reached its peak rank of #111 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Percy and affiliated names. Percival is the only other popular related form of Percy. These boy names were at the height of their popularity during 1880-1889 and are now much less popular, with the version Percy becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)