[ 2 syll. nan-cy, na-ncy ] The baby girl name Nancy is pronounced as NAENSiy- †. Nancy is largely used in English and Dutch, and it is derived from Hebrew origins. The name is of uncertain origin. It probably first came into use as a medieval diminutive of Annis, although it has since the 18th century been used as a diminutive of Anna and subsequently as an independent name. The name has been made known by the titular teenage detective in the Nancy Drew (1930-) series of books for young children. In the later part of the 20th century, the name was famous from Nancy Reagan (1921-), the US first lady. The name has however been sliding in popularity since it came into use as a slang term for an effeminate man or a homosexual.
Nancy is an English pet form of the name Ann (English and Greek).
Nancy is also a pet form of the name Anne (English, French, German, and Scandinavian).
The name Nancy is widely used; it has 38 variant transcriptions that are used in English and other languages. English variant transcriptions include Nainsey, Nainsi, Nana, Nancea, Nancine, Nancsi, Nanita, Nann, Nanna, Nanncey, Nanncy, Nannerl, Nanney, Nannie, Nannine, Nanny, Nanouk, Nansea, Nansey, Nansi, Nanuk, Nin, Ninacska, Ninockha, Nusa, and Nusi. Other English forms include the shortenings Nan and Nance, and the spelling variants Nancee, Nancey, Nanci, Nancie, Nancye, and Nansee.
Nainsí (Irish), Nandag (Scottish), Nanette (French), and Nanice (Tongan) are variant transcriptions of Nancy that are used in other languages. Variant forms inherit the origin and thus the meaning of Nancy.
Nancy is a classic favorite. Currently it is still a fairly popular baby name for girls, though not to the extent it was before. At the peak of its usage in 1947, 1.784% of baby girls were named Nancy. Its ranking then was #7. The baby name has since suffered a steep fall in popularity, and is now of occasional use. In 2012, its usage was only 0.022% and its ranking #651. Out of the group of girl names directly related to Nancy, Hannah was the most frequently used. In 2012, its use outnumbered Nancy's by 17 times. The name Nancy has been predominantly given to baby girls, though it has also been used as a boy name in the past century. In 1952, 505 times as many baby girls than boys were given the name Nancy.
† Pronunciation for Nancy: N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Nancy:
Actress Nancy Kwan, born Kwan Ka Shen, 19 May 1939.
Author Nancy Mitford, born 28 November 1904 - 30 June 1973, London, England.
Golfer Nancy Lopez, born 6 January 1957, Torrance, California.
Medical Patient Nancy Cruzan, born 20 July 1957 - 26 December 1990, Carterville, Missouri.
Politician Nancy Pelosi, born Nancy D'Alesandro, 26 March 1940, Baltimore, Maryland.
Politician Nancy Astor, born 19 May 1879 - 2 May 1964, Danville, Virginia.
Radio Personality Nancy Skinner, born 16 March 1965, Detroit, Michigan.
US First Lady Nancy Reagan, born Anne Francis Robbins, 6 July 1921.