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Nancy

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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 3,685 3,674 11 #75 girl name
1924 4,003 3,989 14 #69 girl name
1925 4,336 4,323 13 #60 girl name
1926 4,583 4,565 18 #57 girl name
1927 5,045 5,024 21 #56 girl name
1928 5,557 5,535 22 #43 girl name
1929 6,898 6,874 24 #32 girl name
1930 9,093 9,068 25 #24 girl name
1931 10,071 10,033 38 #17 girl name
1932 10,990 10,946 44 #13 girl name
1933 11,916 11,871 45 #11 girl name
1934 13,564 13,517 47 #10 girl name
1935 14,587 14,542 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 19,800 19,726 74 #7 girl name
1940 19,803 19,731 72 #7 girl name
1941 20,943 20,880 63 #8 girl name
1942 23,389 23,324 65 #8 girl name
1943 24,060 23,991 69 #9 girl name
1944 23,275 23,212 63 #7 girl name
1945 21,514 21,453 61 #7 girl name
1946 28,408 28,345 63 #7 girl name
1947 32,499 32,442 57 #7 girl name
1948 29,452 29,411 41 #7 girl name
1949 29,272 29,241 31 #7 girl name
1950 29,687 29,622 65 #6 girl name
1951 30,389 30,340 49 #7 girl name
1952 31,792 31,730 62 #7 girl name
1953 30,657 30,609 48 #8 girl name
1954 30,313 30,259 54 #9 girl name
1955 30,060 30,009 51 #9 girl name
1956 28,832 28,783 49 #11 girl name
1957 27,571 27,513 58 #11 girl name
1958 24,864 24,813 51 #12 girl name
1959 23,133 23,079 54 #14 girl name
1960 21,953 21,897 56 #15 girl name
1961 20,759 20,713 46 #16 girl name
1962 18,084 18,030 54 #19 girl name
1963 16,310 16,265 45 #23 girl name
1964 14,729 14,695 34 #26 girl name
1965 12,299 12,257 42 #32 girl name
1966 11,753 11,725 28 #33 girl name
1967 10,300 10,266 34 #37 girl name
1968 8,995 8,960 35 #39 girl name
1969 7,936 7,899 37 #45 girl name
1970 7,092 7,065 27 #50 girl name
1971 6,245 6,214 31 #52 girl name
1972 4,840 4,821 19 #63 girl name
1973 3,958 3,945 13 #77 girl name
1974 3,914 3,895 19 #78 girl name
1975 3,529 3,510 19 #82 girl name
1976 3,294 3,281 13 #87 girl name
1977 3,246 3,222 24 #89 girl name
1978 3,070 3,049 21 #97 girl name
1979 2,890 2,865 25
1980 2,826 2,804 22
1981 2,929 2,909 20
1982 2,832 2,805 27
1983 2,543 2,519 24
1984 2,519 2,485 34
1985 2,626 2,605 21
1986 2,448 2,427 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 2,206 2,184 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 1,381 1,375 6
2001 1,425 1,417 8
2002 1,361 1,361 0
2003 1,183 1,177 6
2004 1,150 1,145 5
2005 1,014 1,014 0
2006 1,014 1,014 0
2007 900 900 0
2008 856 856 0
2009 664 664 0
2010 573 573 0
2011 537 537 0
2012 436 436 0
2013 409 409 0
2014 369 369 0
2015 340 340 0

Fun Facts about the name Nancy

  • How many people with the first name Nancy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,004,288 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 32,442 babies. That's a lot of babies named Nancy!
  • Random Nancy Factoid: According to the 1940 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nancy ranks 25th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 175 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1940.
  • 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 Aycnn. 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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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

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  • 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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Nancy" mean? The list below shows the origins of Nancy as well as things modernly associated with the name Nancy such as celebrities named Nancy.

English

Origin and Meaning of Nancy

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

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A city in northeastern France in Lorraine

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 With the Name Nancy

    Nancy Pelosi

    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

    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

    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

    Nancy Kerrigan is a figure skater.

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    Nancy Sinatra

    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

    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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    • Nancy Cartwright
      (voice actress)
    • Nancy Travis
      (actress)
    • Nancy Carell
      (actress/comedian)
    • Nancy Drew
      (fictional character)
    • Nancy Kulp
      (famous person)
    • Nancy Allen
      (actress)
    • Nancy Hanks Lincoln
      (leading person)
    • Nancy Wake
      (military person)
    • Nancy Meyers
      (notable person)
    • Nancy Ajram
      (singing)
    • Nancy Marchand
      (actress)
    • Nancy Kovack
      (influential individual)
    • Nancy Walker
      (actress)
    • Nancy Wilson
      (singing)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Nancy

    Sister Nancy

    Sister Nancy is a famed somebody. Sister was born on January 2nd, 1962.

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    Nancy

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

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    Jean-Luc Nancy

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

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    Verónica Merchant

    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

    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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    What does the name Nancy mean?

    Nis for name, a pleasant one indeed.

    Ais for angelic, a truly pure heart

    Nis for neatness, your orderly way.

    Cis for calm, a pleasant trait.

    Yis for yippee, and the things that inspire you to yell it

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