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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Nancy
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Nancy in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Nancy:
Records indicate that 999,750 girls in the United States have been named Nancy since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1947, when 32,408 people in the U.S. were given the name Nancy. Those people are now 70 years old.
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Comments about the name Nancy
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98 Positive Comments
"Growing up I did not like my name. I felt like it never "fit" me. I started to like my name later in high school, I was always skateboarding, and love the outdoors. The more I age the more I appreciate my name. I do not know a lot of Nancy's at all. Most of the time, people tell me they like my name because they never met a Nancy." Jun. 23, 2017:
"I am a Nancy and I love my name, I was named after a grandmother I never met. I am happy that my mother loved her mom so much to name me after her." Jun. 2, 2016:
"My father named me Nancy when I was born in 1953 and also gave my three siblings simple, 2-syllable names. I didn't like it much before as many women who didn't speak English well adopted the name for themselves but could not pronounce it properly. But now I like it, for its simple and old-fashioned ring. And I guess I've simply grown into it!" Nov. 10, 2015:
"I like the name Nancy, and I especially like being called Nance. They should have a name of just Nance even. I hope it becomes a popular name again soon." Nov. 2, 2015:
"I'm a different spelling Nancie. Born in 1959. This is how my mom had it on my birth records. I was always happy for this because in a class with several Nancys, I stood out. People call me Nan and Nance all the time but my favorite is Nannie Poo, given to me by my mom. I love being unique." Sep. 16, 2015:
"The most spiritually alive and beautiful woman I have ever known is named Nancy. Nancy is a highly spiritual name denoting God's grace and favor. Girl's named Nancy are all about Love and Marriage and Fertility and Kids! They are the best women in the world. So girls, it's a Blessing to be a Nancy!" Jun. 22, 2015:
"My name is Nancy, I am from Southern California and I am on my early 20's. I've only heard of 2 other Nancy's in school. Never got to be acquainted with them since they were in other classes and different grade.My name has never been misspelled and people tend to REALLY like my name, I personally like it a lot! It's not very common where I live and in my experience it has NEVER been associated with being an old name or referred as "Nancy boy." I've never heard any one say anything negative about this name. Some people call me Nan or Nance. I, myself use Nance on occasions in social media or Naneki, the Hawaiian version of Nancy. I am not graceful, I am clumsy. I am a workaholic, studious, and responsible. Later in college i moved to Northern California and met 2 more Nancy's and pretty much fit the description of me. They both also wore glasses like it do :P. Anyways Hi to all the Nancy's out there from South California Nancy J." May. 20, 2015:
"This post is making me like my name more than ever. I used to not like it because no one else seemed to have it except for one other girl in my class (born 1953). My younger daughter thinks it's very old fashioned - meh. I, like one of the other Nancy above, hate the term "Nancy Boy." I think it's a pretty name, and I also love being called "Nance." That is what my family and close friends call me.... was never a big fan of "Nan." I'd love to see it come back into vogue." Apr. 16, 2015:
"My parents named me Nancy, because they just knew I'd have a Laughing Face, just like Frank Sinatra's Nancy in his song with the same name. That was the song I had played at my wedding when I danced with my dad. I didn't get married until I was 50, and my dad wasn't in the greatest shape, but he made it all the way through. That's something I'll always cherish." Apr. 14, 2015:
"My name is Nancy. A lot of people at my school call me fancy Nancy, and I HATE IT!😝 but, the whole "Nancy means grace thing" is totally NOT my style. I love skateboarding, a di prefer to hang out with boys. I am nowhere close to graceful, or a nerd. My hobbies are hip-hop, skateboarding, and hanging ot with friends. People often don't call me my first name, but instead I go by Annie. I think my name is pretty sick, and I am very proud of having a unique name. 😜" Oct. 29, 2014:
"my name is Nancy tak . i m n Indian girl and i m proud to be Nancy . when people call me nancy i m feel very proud . i m from rajasthan in india nancy is very rare name so i m very proud to be nancy . yes this is a rare name but in my previous life i see only three or four nancy in my city my names meaning is grace and favour i m only 12+ but i bell to all the girls named nancy be proud to be Nancy" Sep. 15, 2014:
"My name is Nancy-Rose, and I love my name. It is universal and I know why. My friends call me either Nance or Noodle from when I was younger!! What's funny is my last name Shand is from both sides of my family!" Aug. 29, 2014:
"I've just named my newborn daughter Nancy x love it :)" May. 15, 2014:
"Like a few others here, I was named after a relative: my Italian great-grandmother Annunziata. I really don't mind being a Nancy. At least everyone knows how to spell it. It rather bugs me that it's used as a homophobic insult (Nancy Boy). Hopefully in the future people will evolve past being homophobic." Sep. 4, 2013:
"My name is Nancy and I love my name so much It is the 2nd best throughout my family anyone how hates it hats your lose anyway IM only 10 and still enjoying my name>>>>lol I never knew my name had different spellings like Nancie....Nance.....balh blah blah" Aug. 26, 2012:
"My name is NANCY GEORGE.I'm proud of it.
My frenz call me as '9 C'& some misspell it as 'ANCY'.AND IT SOUNDS PRETTY.....RIGHT." May. 17, 2012:
"Seems to be more of a middle age name, but still a pretty name." May. 14, 2012:
"My name is Nancy... I've always had mixed feeling about my name. In elementary school I was called Nancy Reagan and I didn't like it. Growing up in LA I was never the only nancy. Older people would ask if I was named Nancy after Sinatra's daughter, which I wasn't, more like a soap opera actress. I really don't like it when people that are not my friends call me Nance. Oh and rhyming it with other words if worse. The whole grace thing, yeah not me. I was and still am a tomboy. But needless to say I do like my name." Mar. 17, 2012:
"When I was young, some folks called me Nanny or worse - Nannygoat! I hated that. Nancy was a very popular name when I was young and there were several Nancys in my class. As I grew older, I liked the name more and now I am very happy with it. I like that it means grace. I agree with the other comment about liking Nance - I do feel special when someone calls me Nance." Jan. 12, 2012:
"Re: the comment from Nancy Patricia. I am Nancy and my twin is Patricia. Lol! (We're circa 59) My niece who was born in 1985 is also called Nancy. :) Big thumbs up!" Aug. 6, 2011:
"I love my name!!!I was named Nancy after Nancy Sinatra. My parents loved her song "Those boots are made for walking"." Mar. 9, 2011:
"My name is Nancy Buhh i Prefer the Name Tenequia or Nequaa ; Everybody i meet name Nancy kills me, But #ShoutOut to yOu if yOur name is Nancy <3 We rock .
South Carolina Nancy : )" Feb. 18, 2011:
"I am also named after my Italian Grandmother, Annunziata." Dec. 1, 2010:
"My name is Nancy Lee. I really like my name. I am 36 years old and I don't know too many other girls my age with the same name. My father came up with my first name and my grandfather came up with my middle name. While doing genealogical research, I discovered my great, great, great grandmother's name was also Nancy. So I like to think it's a family name." Oct. 28, 2010:
"My name is Nancy.
Everyone I know loves the name! I'd rather be called Nancy - than something common and typical of 'the times'. Born in the 70's I am also a 'younger' Nancy. In Australia the name was very common in the 1950's!! All the Nancy's are dying now!!" Oct. 12, 2010:
"I LOVE MY NAME NANCY CAUSE IT IS A VERY FAMOUS NAME. THE MAIN GIRL FROM FREDDY KRUEGER IS NAMED NANCY. ALSO THE ONE FROM FRANK SINATRA AND RONALD REAGEN'S WIFE NANCY REAGEN. I LOVE MY NAME IS SO UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL AND SWEET:)" Sep. 24, 2010:
"I am in my early 60s and grew up in Canada. I did not know another "Nancy" in all my years in school there, including college. Then, I moved to the U.S. (Hawaii), and I now know so many Nancys here. At my first job, there were 4 staff, and 3 of us were Nancys! I've always liked my name, and enjoy being called "Nance"." Aug. 22, 2010:
"Everyone is in a search for a beautiful, unique name ! Extraordinary that this name is not being brought back into popularity. Nancy "Nance" is more original and not trendy. I prefer the old fashioned names as opposed to the trendy, made-up names." Aug. 16, 2010:
"My name is Nancy Jane and I've always liked it - mainly because no one else ever had my name! I love the nickname Nance because when someone starts calling me that it means we've bonded!!! lol. As for meaning 'grace' - hilarious! I was sooo clumsy as a child (and kinda still am!)" Jul. 29, 2010:
"My name is Nancy and I'm proud of it. To me it says "fun and responsible, smart and pretty."" May. 24, 2010:
"My name is Nancy and am 28 years old. I have only met one girl called Nancy in my primary school. Since then the only other Nancy I met was my prof of bioethics - Nancy Kass. I have to agree that it is a beautiful name and I love it. people associate this name with kindness, and outgoing. I think thats what I am. I can't imagine me called another name. My husband calls me Nana a nickname for Nancy." May. 13, 2010:
"My name is Nancy. I am 73 years old. While I always liked my name and thought it suited me, as a teenager I wanted to use odd spellings. For about 6 months I spelled it Nanci, then i switched to Nancee and finally back to good and true Nancy. All the Nancys I meet are usually my age or older, but they all seem so much younger." May. 8, 2010:
"My first name is Nancy and maiden name is Leigh. I LOVE my name. It is truly me. I am about honesty, home and family. Thanks, Mom & Dad. BTW... I am 54, happy and healthy!" May. 1, 2010:
"I am almost 68, born in 1942, and am named Nancy Margaret. My mother liked the way Nancy looked in print, especially when she saw pictures of girls named Nancy in the society pages of the newspaper. I guess she thought it was kind of a high-class name! I have always liked both my names but I happen to like Margaret better. I was never ridiculed for my name but I have never known very many Nancys." Mar. 27, 2010:
"Nancy is a name only given to the best people in the world. Blessed art thou named Nancy." Mar. 26, 2010:
"I named my daughter Nancy after my mother. She is the only Nancy in her school. I love the name. People often ask me if it is a family name." Feb. 25, 2010:
"Well my name is Nancy Reyes, i am 16 years old, and i absolutely love my name. It is a very unique name i have never known so many Nancy's could be in this world, I have only met one Nancy. I agree with people misspelling the name, i have had many experiences with people spelling it wrong. One of my classmates can't memorize my name, and call me nini, I think about where does she get Nini out of Nancy. I have had another friend that thought my name was Natalie, which everyone got used to hearing him call me like that, that it came to the point every one started to call me like that. I love my name no matter what. I am a very social person, i like to always be happy, i have many friends. The reason my mother named me like this was because her best friend was called Nancy. Though i used to hate my name, because i wanted to be named how my grandpa wanted which was Anahi. Though now i really like it, it's really rare,over here where i live. :). So i love this name very much." Feb. 24, 2010:
"hello my name is Nancy i am italian, but from Australia people also call me Nunzia.. which is the italian version. It means Messenger - Aunniziata - to be announce and i dnt know why it means this or where it comes from either.!!
Nancy's are very bubbly and catchy with there energy. The name rings a good vibe i'd day!! x x" Feb. 16, 2010:
"I like this name, because I have a crush on my coworker named Nancy...she's pretty and all smiles. I love Nancy!!!" Feb. 3, 2010:
"Every Nancy I have met is a great employee, funny, unique, and a good listener. She believes in family and friendship. Although we may start our lives as very shy we love people and will eventually become social animals. I bet most of us like cats more than dogs; however, small dogs hold a place in our hearts. My mother would call me Nancy Lee when she was upset, my co-workers call me Nan or Nanc, my neices and newphews, and boyfriend call me Auntie Nanc (not related to the boyfriend thats just what he calls me!)" Jan. 21, 2010:
"i also love my name i like it because it is not that common i have only met one person with my name Nancy Lissette and i have a 5 year old son named Nathan Alexander" Dec. 31, 2009:
"My daughter is called Nancy Leigh. She is 2 this Wednesday. I only know one other baby called Nancy and I absolutely adore the name. She is bubbly, full of life and very confident. I totally love it. Hopefully it will stay unique, just like my little girls character!!" Nov. 23, 2009:
"I LOVE being called Nancy Freya! I am 23 and as many others have said I only know one other girl my age, named Nancy! I really believe having a unique name stands a person in good stead, and I love that people remember me over others because of my name! I recently found out my old babysitter has named her first daughter Nancy and apparently she is lively and bubbly and cheeky...just like me!" Nov. 20, 2009:
"My name is Nancy and I like it. I was also named after my grandmother. My mother always said she thought it was a beautiful name. I also think this name goes well with a lot of other names. I love the name of Nancy Leigh or Nancy Lee, and Nancy Elizabeth is really pretty." Nov. 14, 2009:
"my name is Nancy im 25yrs old from liverpool britain. i didnt like my name at all growing up because its a old fashioned name, i've now ended up loving my name because its different and makes people remember it when they hear it! lol. i'm doing my bit to make nancy a cool name! :-)" Nov. 14, 2009:
"I'm 15 and my name is also Nancy Margaret...I was named after my aunt (who was named after my great aunt)and my deceased grandmother, margaret. I love the name Nancy...I only know one other girl named Nancy, unless you count all the old ladies.;) All of my friends (and some of my teachers)call me "Nance" which I think is a really fun nickname and expresses my personality well. Nancy is short, easy to pronounce, and easy to spell. I love how it means "grace," because I am so clumsy its ridiculous and also because I think grace as an abstract concept is beautiful." Oct. 24, 2009:
"My parents named me Nancy (I am the only one in the family) in 1973. They liked it because it was easy to pronounce, spell, and didn't contain lots of letters. I was born the day after Valentine's Day. I always liked my name and only knew 2 other Nancy's growing up." Oct. 16, 2009:
"I have a best friend named Nancy Chelsea. And just to tell you all of you girls named Nancy, I think it's a fantastic name." Oct. 4, 2009:
"I'm 20 years old and my name is Nancy. I was named Nancy Elizabeth after my great grandmother. I will admit I used to not like it because I was teased a couple of times for having an "old lady" name, but I've come to love it. It suits me and I love that I don't know anyone else my age named Nancy." Sep. 14, 2009:
"Hi..I'm also Nancy Marie .. and really love my name...It's unique - just like me. Glad to see that there are quite a few other Nancy's out there too!!!I think it is a great name..and was surprised to read that people are choosing this name for their children!!" Aug. 13, 2009:
"My best friend is named Nancy and she is 12. Her middle name is Chelsy Dorthy. She likes Chelsy more than her other middle name Dorthy." Jun. 22, 2009:
"I am expecting a baby girl, due date 4th July 2009. I plan to call her Nancy, after my grandmother who was aslo born on July 4th, she is 83 years old! She was actually christened Annie Elizabeth and she hated that name, so reverted to Nancy the other form of Anne.
My husband was not sure about the name, and my other children think it's 'old-fashioned'. But I like the name, it sounds very unique." Mar. 6, 2009:
"My name is Nancy. When I was young, I didn't really like the name. But now I do!!" Feb. 5, 2009:
"Nancy is the name I gave to my baby girl, who was born on 19th June, 2008. My name is Olawole Henry Oladimeji from Nigeria. The name Nancy sound strange and unique in our community, many come to me to ask whatýs the meaning and I said Grace, in short the name is good and unique and I love Nancy." Jan. 27, 2009:
"Recently, a daughter was born to my partner and I. We called her Nancy. The name is not particularly popular in England, possibly for the very reason we chose it. My surname is Jubb and with that in mind, my partner and I thought a Dickensian first name would suit such a Dickensian surname. Nancy, as most are no doubt aware, was the name of a character in Oliver Twist. A teenage Westend prostitute. Despite that, we decided that we would reclaim the name from the negative connotations it suffers. After all, Nancy was a benevolent soul, who suffered in order to protect others." Dec. 31, 2008:
"Nancy is my name too and again I always get positive reactions from people I am 22 and have only met one other Nancy...a girl in my class at school!! I love that people can remember me because my name is different and I get Nancy Pants too amongst other names!!" Nov. 21, 2008:
"I have liked my name . I met one other Nancy in all my school years, and we traveled a lot.
Then about 25 years ago I started meeting them. There was a Golden Book "Nurse Nancy" it came with a band-aide.
One day at work at the change of shift
we had 4 Nurse Nancys in one room. We spanned 3 generations in age.
I have a daughter-in-law Nancy. There are other Nancys in her family. I have a GGreat Aunt Nancy b.1857. I seem to meet Nancys every where I go. I have liked them all.
Song " Nancy with the smiling eyes" My outlook is the same, Always smile." Oct. 11, 2008:
"i am dating this girl, Nancy....She is a hurricane. So much energy, bright, smily, crazy. I think her name is the coolest" Oct. 7, 2008:
"I think this name is rather plain, but I can never actually imagine having a different name. I don't love my name but I definitely do no hate it, :)" Sep. 18, 2008:
"My mother named me Nancy Margaret -- Nancy because she liked the way the name looked on the map of France, and Margaret because that was her name. I have never had a problem with people pronouncing my name nor remembering it, and I am fine with it. I am 66, so in 1942, it was a pretty popular name, according to statistics." Sep. 3, 2008:
"Yes, Im 24 and my name is Nancy. I was named after my Auntie. I love the name and it's meaning "Grace" I think that my name represents me in a very positive way..." Aug. 28, 2008:
"I'm 23 and my name is Nancy, i'm named after my grandmother. I'm the only nancy i know other than my grandmother and i love it! Everyone always remembers my name!" Jun. 14, 2008:
"My 3years daughter is Nancy, She is a very active girl, grasp things easly only that she is stubborn too ready to fight at any time and will protect her 5years sister against any thing. she is very easly loved by any one she meet!" Jun. 5, 2008:
"This is my name.. and i'm currently 15 years old.. i actually like my name.. its a one of my kind.. in my case, its the kind of name i get many nicknames.. hahaha... its pretty fun.. ^__^" May. 25, 2008:
"My daughters name is Nancy, she was born in 1998. I think it's a lovely name, she's sort of named after my grandmother, her name is Agnes, when I looked up Agnes in the baby name book and saw that Nancy was derived from Agnes I just knew it was for my daughter. It's very unique without being to odd. We all love the name NANCY!!!" May. 19, 2008:
"hi,my name is nancy i am only 12 i luv my name and in the uk there isn't many people named Nancy!!!" Apr. 29, 2008:
"My name is Nancy and I like the name. I was born in 1953 when it was very popular. I was happy to find most girls named Nancy were very nice...just like the name. Do you ever wonder if something will happen that will make your name very unpopular? Like the name OSWALD?" Apr. 9, 2008:
"I'm a Kenyan Nancy.I truly love my name.Other nancy lovers can email on email@example.com and we can share experiences!" Apr. 9, 2008:
"I was born in 1957, and there are lots of us Nancys around of my vintage. I never thought about it too much, then recently discovered that my dad's favorite great-aunt, whom I was named after, was born in 1847! How cool is that? I was born 110 years after my name-sake. I think Nancy's going to make a comeback like Emma, Emily, and Grace (my grandma's name)." Mar. 11, 2008:
"I am a Nancy and was 17 before I ever met anyone else with my name - then with my first job, both my boss and her daughter were named Nancy. I've met a few over the yrs but my new husband (we're senior citz) knows every Nancy within a 100 mi. - rest. owner, architect, nurse, grandkid's teacher, eye doc., church memb., real estate broker, tax lady, waitress, etc. I told him he collects Nancy's - even his first wife was named Nancy!" Mar. 7, 2008:
"Our youngest child is called Annis - which we shorten to Nancy (Annis is a medieval version of Agnes and thought to be the name from which Nancy originally came, according to the Oxford Dictionary of Names)" Mar. 2, 2008:
"i think the name nancy is becoming popular again as the names violet and lily- nancy is a sweet name!" Feb. 23, 2008:
"My mom's name is Nancy and I feel like it's such a nice name but is often considered an old lady name because so many mom's have it. I don't see anybody younger than 30 having it." Jan. 23, 2008:
"My name's Nancy, and people call me Nancy Pants! I love it!" Dec. 8, 2007:
"My name is Nancy & I love it. I live in Australia &it is not common here" Nov. 10, 2007:
"This is my name, I think it is okay but I wish it was more unique. I don't love it but I don't hate it. It's fine." Jul. 31, 2007:
"Nancy is one of my favorite names for a woman. I know somebody at my school with the name Nancy, and I think that it is nice." Jun. 12, 2007:
"Being named Nancy is like being a brain, a brain never sees itself, it only senses everything else around it, one named Nancy does not know what if feels like to be Nancy, it just is. She looks at others named Nancy and always wonders if they feel the same way." May. 29, 2007:
"Nancy. That's my cousin's name and my friend's name. It's different. I never thought of it as a pretty name because I always picture an old lady. Now I think it's a very interesting name. Pretty cool name. I like the spelling Nance." Apr. 10, 2007:
"My moms name id Nancy and i love her name. i like telling people my moms name. She even looks like a Nancy.lol." Mar. 27, 2007:
""I got my name Nancy from the wifes president in 1985."" Mar. 1, 2007:
"Hi, My name is Nancy and I was named this name after a white missionary who went to Africa. She was a friend of my dad and he named me after her. I love my name and I think I am the only black female in America with this name. The name has opened a lot of doors for me eventhough, some are closed when I show up. I am full of grace and proud of all the other wonderful and great Nancys out there. I am 54 years old by the way."