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Of uncertain origin. From the 18th century it is clearly used as a pet form of Ann (see Nan), but it may originally have been a similar formation deriving from the common medieval given name Annis, a vernacular form of Agnes. Nowadays it is an independent name, and was especially popular in America in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. A meaning of the name Nancy is Grace.
30th in the U.S.

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Millions
of people in the U.S have this name
1,331,410
to be exact
Maine
has the most people named Nancy per capita
1939
marked the height of its popularity
99.92%
0.08%
65%
55+
29%
30-54
4%
13-29
2%
0-12

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