Nancy: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Nancy

Nancy

Pronunciation: NAN-see (key)

Origin of the name Nancy:

Originated as a pet form of Nan, which was originally a pet form of Ann (gracious, full of grace).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Nancy: | Edit

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In my experience, people named Nancy are quick-witted, gregarious, and full of energy. They have strong personalities, and speak their minds, but most of all they like to have fun.

Personal experiences with the name Nancy: | Edit

My name is Nancy, Very few kids in my school had it in elementry school in mid-late 90's out of the whole school my teacher and me where the only Nancys

My mother's name is Nancy and she is over 50. It's fine for her generation but it's definitely not one you'd want to give a little one these days.

My parents named me Nancy and I never met anyone my age with this name- only moms and teachers. I didn't particularly appreciate the name until I became older and it was nice to know that I am usually the only Nancy friends will meet. The terms negative-nancy and nancy-boy are pretty annoying though.

Nicknames for Nancy: | Edit

Nan, Nance, Nanny, Nanners, Nuncee, Nanny-goat

Meanings and history of the name Nancy: | Edit

Nancy began as a nickname for Ann(e), branching off from the older pet form Nan. It eventually became accepted as an independent name.

Famous real-life people named Nancy: | Edit

Nancy Ajram, Lebanese singer
Nancy Allen, American actress
Nancy Allen, American harpist
Nancy Cameron, British Prime Minister David Cameron's daughter.
Nancy Carrillo, Cuban volleyball player
Nancy Cartwright, American actress and voice professional best known as the voice of Bart Simpson
Nancy Grace, American prosecutor & TV personality
Nancy Greene, Canadian alpine skier
Nancy Hower, American actress, director, screenwriter and producer
Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater
Nancy Lynn, American entrepreneur, pilot, and public speaker
Nancy Martinez, '80s Canadian pop singer
Nancy McArthur, American children's author
Nancy McKeon, American actress best known as Jo on the sitcom "The Facts of Life"
Nancy Marchand, American actress
Nancy Metcalf, American volleyball player
Nancy Mitford, English novelist, biographer and "Bright Young Thing"
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Nancy Reagan, former First Lady and wife of Ronald Reagan
Nancy Sinatra, American singer and actress, daughter of Frank Sinatra
Nancy Spungen, ex-girlfriend of Sid Vicious
Nancy Walker, American actress best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern's mother
Nancy Wilson, American jazz singer
Nancy Wilson, American rock singer and member of the group Heart
Nancy Yi Fan, Chinese-American author

Nancy in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Nancy," cartoon character (with Sluggo)
"Nancy," love interest in American folk song "When First Unto this Country"
Nancy Botwin is the anti-hero of the American television show "Weeds." The character is in her late 30s, widowed, and deals weed to support her family.
"Nancy With the Laughing Face", classic song by Frank Sinatra, in honor of his daughter Nancy.
Nancy, character from Oliver Twist
Nancy Blackett, character from Swallows and Amazons series of books by Arthur Ransome (She is very imaginative, clever, determined, mischievous and a natural leader in her role as "pirate captain." Her given name is Ruth, but she renames herself Nancy because pirates are supposed to be "ruthless.")
Nancy Callahan, character from Sin City
Nancy Drew, heroine detective of a popular mystery series
Nancy Gribble, character on the animated TV series "King of the Hill"
Nancy Hayton, character in Channel 4 Soap Opera, Hollyoaks
Nancy Olson, character on the sitcom The Facts of Life
Nancy Thompson, heroine from two of the Nightmare on Elm Street films
Nancy, radio dispatcher that assigns missions on the Chase HQ series of video games
Nancy, one of Blofeld's Angels of Death in the adaptation of Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Nancy Maitland, character on the '70s TV series "Family" played by Meredith Baxter
Fancy Nancy, children's book series
Nurse Nancy, fictional book and cartoon character
NANCY-MI847J, A gigantic robot from tekken who serves as Jin Kazama's bodyguard
Nancy the virgin - supernatural

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