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Nancy

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1.0m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
165
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Nancy mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Nancy

"Nancy" is a name of English origin, and it means "Grace". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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  1. A city in northeastern France in Lorraine
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Medieval diminutive of Ann and Agnes.

  1. A female given name.

    Nancy was also found in the following language(s): French and Norman

    Notable Persons Named Nancy

    Nancy Pelosi is a 52nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, House Minority Whip, and Party leaders of the United States House of Representatives. Nancy was born on March 26th, 1940 in Baltimore.

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    Nancy Grace is a political commentator, television personality, and former prosecutor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present. Nancy was given the name Nancy Ann Grace on October 23rd, 1959 in Macon, Georgia, United States. Nancy is also known as Grace and Nancy Ann.

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    Nancy Reagan is a First Lady of California and First Lady of the United States. Nancy was born on July 6th, 1921 in Manhattan.

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    Nancy Kerrigan is a figure skater.

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    Nancy Sinatra is a rock music, pop music, country music, and jazz musician. She has been prominent since 1961. Nancy was given the name Nancy Sandra Sinatra on June 8th, 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.

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    Nancy Wilson is a rock music, hard rock, folk rock, and pop rock musician. She was most prominent from 1972 to present. Nancy was given the name Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson on March 16th, 1954 in San Francisco, California, U.S.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Nancy

    Sister was born on January 2nd, 1962.

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    Nancy is a prostitute, thief, bar maid, and prostitution.

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    Jean-Luc Nancy is a philosopher. Jean-Luc was born on July 26th, 1940 in Caudéran , France.

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    Verónica Merchant is an actress. She has been prominent since 1987. Verónica was given the name Verónica Merchant Nancy on November 28th, 1967 in Mexicali.

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    Unkle Nancy is a musician. Unkle was given the name Joseph Allen Stewart on October 26th, 1981. Unkle is also known as Stewart and Joseph Allen.

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    How popular is the baby name Nancy in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 410 410 0 #62 girl name
    1881 429 429 0 #59 girl name
    1882 439 439 0 #68 girl name
    1883 412 412 0 #71 girl name
    1884 520 520 0 #68 girl name
    1885 527 527 0 #67 girl name
    1886 492 492 0 #72 girl name
    1887 511 511 0 #71 girl name
    1888 582 582 0 #76 girl name
    1889 477 470 7 #86 girl name
    1890 512 512 0 #83 girl name
    1891 523 523 0 #83 girl name
    1892 591 591 0 #81 girl name
    1893 538 538 0 #88 girl name
    1894 515 515 0 #98 girl name
    1895 566 566 0 #93 girl name
    1896 527 527 0 #96 girl name
    1897 553 553 0 #96 girl name
    1898 546 546 0
    1899 475 475 0
    1900 673 673 0 #99 girl name
    1901 524 519 5
    1902 571 571 0
    1903 527 527 0
    1904 508 508 0
    1905 535 535 0
    1906 557 557 0
    1907 582 582 0
    1908 651 651 0
    1909 610 610 0
    1910 811 811 0
    1911 827 827 0
    1912 1,087 1,078 9
    1913 1,290 1,290 0
    1914 1,583 1,575 8
    1915 1,995 1,988 7
    1916 2,165 2,165 0
    1917 2,427 2,412 15 #98 girl name
    1918 2,518 2,510 8
    1919 2,636 2,629 7 #100 girl name
    1920 2,988 2,982 6 #95 girl name
    1921 3,330 3,323 7 #87 girl name
    1922 3,532 3,517 15 #78 girl name
    1923 3,684 3,673 11 #75 girl name
    1924 4,004 3,990 14 #68 girl name
    1925 4,338 4,325 13 #60 girl name
    1926 4,583 4,565 18 #57 girl name
    1927 5,044 5,023 21 #56 girl name
    1928 5,558 5,536 22 #43 girl name
    1929 6,897 6,873 24 #32 girl name
    1930 9,094 9,069 25 #24 girl name
    1931 10,071 10,033 38 #17 girl name
    1932 10,989 10,945 44 #13 girl name
    1933 11,917 11,872 45 #11 girl name
    1934 13,563 13,516 47 #10 girl name
    1935 14,588 14,543 45 #9 girl name
    1936 16,819 16,756 63 #8 girl name
    1937 17,153 17,067 86 #7 girl name
    1938 19,038 18,947 91 #7 girl name
    1939 19,799 19,725 74 #7 girl name
    1940 19,804 19,732 72 #7 girl name
    1941 20,945 20,882 63 #8 girl name
    1942 23,391 23,326 65 #8 girl name
    1943 24,059 23,990 69 #9 girl name
    1944 23,275 23,212 63 #7 girl name
    1945 21,515 21,454 61 #7 girl name
    1946 28,406 28,343 63 #7 girl name
    1947 32,500 32,443 57 #7 girl name
    1948 29,453 29,412 41 #7 girl name
    1949 29,272 29,241 31 #7 girl name
    1950 29,683 29,619 64 #6 girl name
    1951 30,399 30,349 50 #7 girl name
    1952 31,793 31,731 62 #7 girl name
    1953 30,653 30,605 48 #8 girl name
    1954 30,317 30,263 54 #9 girl name
    1955 30,061 30,010 51 #9 girl name
    1956 28,834 28,785 49 #11 girl name
    1957 27,567 27,509 58 #11 girl name
    1958 24,865 24,814 51 #12 girl name
    1959 23,134 23,080 54 #14 girl name
    1960 21,952 21,896 56 #15 girl name
    1961 20,760 20,714 46 #16 girl name
    1962 18,084 18,030 54 #19 girl name
    1963 16,313 16,268 45 #23 girl name
    1964 14,728 14,694 34 #26 girl name
    1965 12,299 12,257 42 #32 girl name
    1966 11,754 11,726 28 #33 girl name
    1967 10,300 10,266 34 #37 girl name
    1968 8,996 8,961 35 #39 girl name
    1969 7,936 7,899 37 #45 girl name
    1970 7,091 7,064 27 #50 girl name
    1971 6,244 6,213 31 #52 girl name
    1972 4,839 4,820 19 #63 girl name
    1973 3,956 3,943 13 #77 girl name
    1974 3,915 3,896 19 #78 girl name
    1975 3,529 3,510 19 #82 girl name
    1976 3,294 3,281 13 #87 girl name
    1977 3,245 3,221 24 #89 girl name
    1978 3,069 3,048 21 #97 girl name
    1979 2,891 2,866 25
    1980 2,827 2,805 22
    1981 2,929 2,909 20
    1982 2,832 2,805 27
    1983 2,544 2,520 24
    1984 2,518 2,484 34
    1985 2,627 2,606 21
    1986 2,447 2,426 21
    1987 2,269 2,235 34
    1988 2,363 2,344 19
    1989 2,381 2,343 38
    1990 2,412 2,384 28
    1991 2,526 2,497 29
    1992 2,207 2,185 22
    1993 1,999 1,985 14
    1994 2,204 2,190 14
    1995 2,013 2,001 12
    1996 1,823 1,823 0
    1997 1,531 1,525 6
    1998 1,483 1,478 5
    1999 1,424 1,416 8
    2000 1,382 1,376 6
    2001 1,426 1,418 8
    2002 1,361 1,361 0
    2003 1,183 1,177 6
    2004 1,151 1,146 5
    2005 1,014 1,014 0
    2006 1,014 1,014 0
    2007 900 900 0
    2008 857 857 0
    2009 665 665 0
    2010 573 573 0
    2011 537 537 0
    2012 436 436 0
    2013 409 409 0
    2014 371 371 0
    2015 341 341 0
    2016 306 306 0

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    Popularity of Nancy as a first name

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    Popularity of Nancy as a last name

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    Common last names for Nancy

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Jones
    • Brown
    • Williams
    • Miller
    • Davis
    • Moore
    • Wilson
    • Martin
    • Anderson
    • Taylor
    • Thompson
    • Thomas
    • Clark
    • White
    • Jackson
    • Hall
    • Lewis
    • Walker

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Nancy U.S.
      White 54.55% 64.26%
      African American 22.42% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 6.67% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 15.15% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Nancy

    People with the last name Nancy are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Nancy

    • How Popular is the name Nancy? Nancy is the 41st most popular name of all time. As a last name Nancy was the 107,669th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Nancy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,004,617 babies born with the first name Nancy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nancy to occupy the country of Djibouti with an estimated population of 923,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nancy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 410 new born babies.
    • When was Nancy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nancy is Wednesday, December 27th, 1865.
    • What year had the most people named Nancy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nancy was in 1947 with a total of 32,443 babies. That's a lot of babies named Nancy!
    • Random Nancy Factoid: According to the 1964 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nancy ranks 34th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, 603 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1964.
    • Weird things about the name Nancy: Your name in reverse order is Ycnan. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cnayn. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Nancy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 165 people with the last name Nancy.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nancy? Nancy is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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