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Percy

First Name
32k
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since 1880
Last Name
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Percy

"Percy" is a name of French origin, and it means "Pierce valley". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English soldier killed in a rebellion against Henry IV (1364-1403)
  2. United States writer whose novels explored human alienation (1916-1990)
Wiktionary

Norman baronial surname from a place in Normandy (Percy-en-Auge), Old French Perci, Late Latin Persiacum, from the Gallo-Roman personal name Persius.

  1. An English surname​.
  2. A male given name, transferred use of the surname since the Middle Ages.

Percy was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

Notable Persons Named Percy

Percy was born on August 4th, 1792 in Field Place, Horsham, Sussex, England. He passed away on July 8th, 1822.

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Percy Harvin is a football player. Percy was born on May 28th, 1988 in Chesapeake, Virginia.

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Master P is an entrepreneur, investor, filmmaker, rapper, songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, and nba basketball player. His ongoing career started in 1990. Master was given the name Percy Robert Miller in New Orleans.

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Percy Fawcett is an artillery officer, archaeologist, explorer, royal artillery, archaeology, and exploration. Percy was given the name Percy Harrison Fawcett on August 18th, 1867 in Torquay, Devon, United Kingdom.

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Jr. Percy Miller is a hip hop music rapping, actor, entrepreneurship, basketball, and model (people). His most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to present. Jr. was given the name Percy Romeo Miller, Jr. on August 19th, 1989 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Jr. is also known as Lil' Romeo, Romeo, Maserati Rome, and Rome.

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Sylvester McCoy is an actor. Sylvester was given the name Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith on August 20th, 1943 in Dunoon, Scotland, UK.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Percy

Sir Henry Percy was a noble. Henry was born as the child of Henry Percy and 1st Earl of Northumberland on May 20th, 1364 in Alnwick. He died on July 21st, 1403.

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Walker Percy was a philosophical novelist, memoir, essays, and philosophical fiction writer. He was most active from 1961 to 1990. Walker was born on May 28th, 1916 in Birmingham, Alabama. He passed away on May 10th, 1990.

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Jeff Hordley is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to present. Jeff was given the name Jeffrey Thomas Percy on March 7th, 1970 in Crumpsall.

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Henry Percy was a noble. He holds the title The Earl of Northumberland. He breathed his last breath on June 29th, 1537.

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Earl was given the name George Dominic Percy by his parents Ralph Percy, 12th Duke of Northumberland, Jane Percy, and Duchess of Northumberland on May 4th, 1984.

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Charles H. Percy was a senator. His most notable accomplishments were from 1981 to 1985. Charles was given the name Charles Harting Percy on September 27th, 1919 in Pensacola, Florida. He left this life on September 17th, 2011.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 94 0 94
1881 95 0 95
1882 126 0 126
1883 87 0 87
1884 126 0 126
1885 98 0 98
1886 128 6 122
1887 129 6 123
1888 151 0 151
1889 144 0 144
1890 140 0 140
1891 131 0 131
1892 149 0 149
1893 177 0 177 #100 boy name
1894 173 0 173
1895 169 5 164
1896 163 6 157
1897 189 6 183 #98 boy name
1898 155 0 155
1899 147 5 142
1900 206 5 201
1901 125 5 120
1902 167 0 167
1903 124 0 124
1904 125 0 125
1905 169 0 169
1906 141 0 141
1907 165 5 160
1908 151 0 151
1909 166 7 159
1910 203 8 195
1911 189 5 184
1912 342 5 337
1913 362 6 356
1914 457 8 449
1915 502 14 488
1916 537 13 524
1917 528 13 515
1918 587 20 567
1919 611 16 595
1920 614 13 601
1921 618 15 603
1922 609 10 599
1923 551 12 539
1924 569 10 559
1925 565 20 545
1926 511 18 493
1927 537 17 520
1928 494 11 483
1929 513 18 495
1930 442 12 430
1931 422 7 415
1932 447 16 431
1933 407 8 399
1934 389 13 376
1935 395 9 386
1936 366 6 360
1937 370 14 356
1938 357 7 350
1939 368 9 359
1940 336 8 328
1941 339 0 339
1942 388 7 381
1943 394 0 394
1944 356 7 349
1945 350 7 343
1946 351 8 343
1947 418 6 412
1948 419 9 410
1949 405 8 397
1950 419 7 412
1951 431 7 424
1952 449 8 441
1953 388 12 376
1954 369 6 363
1955 309 0 309
1956 323 6 317
1957 354 6 348
1958 283 0 283
1959 262 0 262
1960 279 9 270
1961 246 0 246
1962 257 7 250
1963 243 7 236
1964 208 0 208
1965 198 5 193
1966 200 5 195
1967 184 6 178
1968 186 5 181
1969 207 5 202
1970 175 0 175
1971 188 0 188
1972 177 0 177
1973 169 0 169
1974 148 0 148
1975 142 0 142
1976 138 0 138
1977 138 0 138
1978 146 0 146
1979 119 0 119
1980 124 0 124
1981 129 0 129
1982 114 0 114
1983 105 0 105
1984 98 0 98
1985 97 0 97
1986 91 0 91
1987 73 0 73
1988 106 0 106
1989 98 0 98
1990 102 0 102
1991 88 0 88
1992 95 0 95
1993 71 0 71
1994 75 0 75
1995 65 0 65
1996 60 0 60
1997 62 0 62
1998 61 0 61
1999 56 0 56
2000 52 0 52
2001 59 0 59
2002 46 0 46
2003 47 0 47
2004 60 0 60
2005 45 0 45
2006 51 0 51
2007 57 0 57
2008 36 0 36
2009 38 0 38
2010 41 0 41
2011 39 0 39
2012 59 0 59
2013 61 0 61
2014 76 6 70
2015 58 0 58
2016 51 5 46

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Popularity of Percy as a first name

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Popularity of Percy as a last name

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Common last names for Percy

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  • Johnson
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  • Robinson
  • Taylor
  • Harris
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Clark
  • Martin
  • Hall
  • Walker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Percy U.S.
  White 67.49% 64.26%
  African American 21.77% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.95% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.85% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.53% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.42% 16.26%

Of Last Name Percy

People with the last name Percy are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Percy

  • How Popular is the name Percy? Percy is the 1,314th most popular name of all time. As a last name Percy was the 7,837th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Percy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 31,909 babies born with the first name Percy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Percy to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Percy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 94 new born babies.
  • When was Percy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Percy is Thursday, August 1st, 1844.
  • What year had the most people named Percy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Percy was in 1921 with a total of 603 babies.
  • Random Percy Factoid: According to the 1934 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Percy ranks 88th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Louisiana. Imagine that, 50 babies in Louisiana have the same name as you in 1934.
  • Weird things about the name Percy: Your name in reverse order is Ycrep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Crepy. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Percy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,226 people with the last name Percy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Percy? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Percy as their last name.

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  • 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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