fem. proper name, probably a pet form of Ancy, diminutive of Middle English Annis "Agnes" (see Agnes). As an adjective meaning "effeminate" (with reference to men) it is attested by 1904 (Miss Nancy as a derogatory term for an effeminate man is by 1824). Among the top 10 popular names for girls born in U.S. between 1935 and 1955.

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