What do you think of Stacey?

I am liking the name Stacey at the moment. I can't decide though if it is more of a nickname or if can be used name as a full name. Also which spelling do you think is best...? Stacey, Stacy, Stacie, Staci. Thanks in advance.


August 8, 2015 8:48 PM

I actually quite like Stacey, unlike other names that spiked in the 70-80's it doesn't feel as date stamped to me as others and I still see some younger girls with the name. With spellings Stacy is currently the most common, but previously it was Stacey (when the name spiked), so I would definitely say between those 2 spellings. What names can it we a nickname for?

August 8, 2015 10:04 PM

It's often a nickname for Anastasia (which I really love!)

I feel the same way about Stacy/Stacey. I like it, and it doesn't feel date stamped. 

As for spellings, if you're not going to have it short for something, I vote for Stacy (with Stacey as a close second). If you're using it as a nickname for Anastasia, you can really do whatever you want. I had a friend in high school who spelled it Stasi (which is totally not phonetic, but she was definitely the only one with that spelling). 

August 8, 2015 10:04 PM

I agree with previous comments that Stacy seems less date-stamped than other similar names.  I do find it a bit nick-namey for my taste. However, I also admit to an irrational dislike of names ending in the "ee" sound.  It's been used enough as a stand alone name that I doubt it will come across as too nick-namey to most people.  I tend to prefer the simplest & most intuitive spellings, so Stacy gets my vote.

August 8, 2015 10:57 PM

Stacey is dated for me because I went to school with so many of them in the 70s/80s, but if you love it, it's a sweet name that everyone will recognize but isn't too common.

I do like the idea of it as a nn for something like Anastasia. 

Stacy or Stacey seem equally acceptable to me-I think with an e is my first inclination.

August 8, 2015 11:29 PM

Originally -- like, 800 years ago -- Stace was the English vernacular (everyday spoken) form of Eustace, and Stacy was a diminutive of it. This usage survived only in the occasional family name, however, and it was never common in the US as a boy's name. As a girl's name, it's derived from Anastasia, but most people use it as a full name in its own right, just like Sandy or Cindy. All the Stacies I went to school with in the 70s-80s had it as their full names, and (like Tracey/Tracy) they always had to specify whether they had an 'e' or not. Personally, I prefer it without -- Stacy is somehow more streamlined and intuitive than Stacey.

By mk
August 9, 2015 1:43 AM

I prefer Stacey. The others just look odd to me, probably because every Stacey/Tracey I have known has used the -ey ending.

One used it as a nickname for Anastasia but the others had Stacey as their full name. I see no reason to find a full name for it if Stacey is the name you love.

By rooo
August 9, 2015 1:53 AM

It actually feels quite date-stamped to me. Anastasia, on the other hand, feels quite fresh. Part of this is because of 50 Shades, if that matters to you. I would go with the full Anastasia so that she can go by Stacy (my preferred spelling) if she likes, but also has options such as Ana, Stasia, Nastia, etc.

By Fly
August 9, 2015 7:43 AM

I was reading something the other day (I forget where, might've been this forum or the blog) that said people often name characters as they would name their child, so Anastasia/Anastacia/Annastasia definitely feels fresh (though it's more of a coincidence that 50 Shades used it, rather than as a direct result of it).

I also agree that it feels date stamped. This is like the Jennifer of my generation, I've never met one that was more than 5 years older or younger than myself. Stacey and Stacy are both common/expected spellings. If you were to use something else I would use it as a nickname for Anastasia/Anastacia/Annastasia rather than in its own right.. But maybe that's just me.

Annastasia is an unusual spelling borne by the State Premier of Queensland, Australia, which is why I mention it.

August 9, 2015 9:42 AM

I am really loving the name Anastasia. I also found Anastasie or Anastacie what do yout think of these names?

August 9, 2015 10:52 AM

The traditional "long" name for which Stacy is the nickname is Eustacia, just as Stacy as a male name (like Stacy Keach) is short for Eustace.  Eustace/Eustacia do not have sounds that are currently popular and so are seldom used.

By Fly
August 11, 2015 1:52 AM

For some reason, I want to pronounce Anastasie as 'ana-STARS-ee' - its kind of cool with your username, but otherwise I find it irksome.  Anastacie is like a mash-up of Anna + Stacie... It sort of feels like 'Rosannie' or 'Mariannie' to me, even though Anastasia is obviously not a compound name the way Rosanna or Marianne are.  It does have the advantage of a clear pronunciation though.

I've never heard of a Eustasia. Eustace I've only ever seen in the Narnia books.  Might be a migration population origin thing but Stacey-from-Anastasia or just-Stacey are vastly more common here.

Stacey was rank 44 in the 1980s for girls (in NSW, Australia). Stacy doesn't have any data at all.  There is no data on boys with this name for either spelling.  Anastasia is a rising name which ranked 230 in the 1960s and has since grown to rank 155 in 2009. Anastacia has no data. Eustace and Eustacia have no data. The only Eu- names that ranked at all since 1900 are Eunice and Eugene, neither of which have been popular since the 1920s.

The trend is similar for Stacey (any spelling) in the US data, except that the fad was in the 60s-70s rather than the 80s as in Australia.  The less common variants Stacie and Staci did rank in the USA though being much less common than Stacey/Stacy, and there is also a tiny minority of boys named Stacey for the same era (1960s-1970s).  Anastasia has a similar curve in the USA as in Aus, except that it is slightly more gradual, ranking at #257 in 2013 and still climbing.  Eustace and Eustacia are not listed in Voyager (any spelling).

August 9, 2015 11:35 AM

I like it and prefer the Stacy spelling. I have only had good associations with Stacy/Stacey's, so that probably helps :)

August 9, 2015 11:58 AM

I always thought Stacey was primarily a surname-name, similar to Tracy, and that Stacey-as-nickname for Anastasia was more a back-construction by parents looking for a long form, so it doesn't feel nicknamey to me at all. It does feel very dated, along with Tracy, but that name has come up on this board recently so perhaps they're ready for an early revival?

I prefer Anastasia to either Anastasie or Anastacie. The first sounds a little too much like Anasazi to me (not a bad association, but kind of appropriative) and the latter sounds too much like Anna-Stacey, so too "made-up" for my tastes (but ymmv).

I slightly prefer the spelling Stacey--Stacy has a bit of a look of Stacky to me, though Tracy doesn't bother me for some reason--but I think either is fine. I wouldn't use the other spellings, unless you really wanted to include an i for some reason.

August 11, 2015 11:54 PM

At the moment I feel as though Stacey is quite out dated and reminds me of my hairdresser (whom is quite trashy), as an alternative I quite like Stassie (Star-See) for more of a modern edge. I agree you could use Anastasia as a full name, I feel as though Anastasia is qute femnie and thinks its fairly pretty.