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What does Tracy mean?

Tracy Pronunciation of Tracy as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Tracy) is pronounced TRAY-see. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Tracy is "warlike". Also possibly a nickname for Theresa (Greek) "late summer" or derived from a Norman French place name based on a Gallic Latin personal name, Thrax or Thracius, whose meaning has been lost. The character Tracy Lord, played by Katherine Hepburn in the 1940 film "The Philadelphia Story", made the name popular. Actress Tracey Ullman; tennis player Tracy Austin; singer Tracy Chapman; swimmer Tracy Caulkins.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, greek, story (literary)


VARIANTS Trace, Tracee, Tracey, Traci, Tracie, Trasey, Treacy, Treasa, Treasey


RELATIONS VIA THERESA, TRACEY Tera, Terasa, Terry, Tessy, Tresa, Treza


(female) Trasa, ..

(male) Trane, ..

Tracy Isabelle (T.I.), ..

How popular is Tracy?

Tracy is a very popular first name for females (#108 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#1093 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Tracy reached its highest rank of #24 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Teresa (#798 A YEAR AGO), Theresa (#1106), Tera, Terry, Tracee, Tracey, Traci, Tracie, Treasa and Tresa are the popular related forms of Tracy listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Tessy, are uncommon. These relations of Tracy were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (AVERAGE #524) and are now significantly less widespread (#1809, 99% LESS USAGE), with versions like Traci becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tracy, Tera, Teresa, Terry, Theresa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tracee, Tracey, Traci, Tracie, Treasa, Tresa in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Tracy is alike in pronunciation to Trisa. Other recommended sound-alike names are Cacy, Dacy, Drucy, Jacy, Kacy, Lacy, Macy, Stacy, Tace, Tacey, Tacy, Tacye, Tavy, Trixy, Trudy and Truly. These names tend to be less commonly used than Tracy.