How popular is the baby name Fancy in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Fancy.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Fancy

Posts that Mention the Name Fancy

Embarrassing Baby Names

Embarrassing baby names like Bland, Gross, Ham, Strange, Mutt and Oral.

Embarrassing Baby Names

Many of these have pop culture explanations. The ones I’ve blogged about so far are Bimbo, Chubby, Kookie, Twig, and Velveeta.

Here are some of the baby names that didn’t make the cut: Boomer, Bub, Bubber, Calamity, Cookie, Dainty, Danger, Demon, Fancy, Fester, Jinx, Less, Little, Manly, Notorious, Phuc, Pleasure, Rage, Riot, Savage, Sherlock, Sparky, Tarzan, Tiny.

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See also: Overconfident Baby Names.

Overconfident Baby Names

Overconfident baby names like Classy, Epic, Majestic, Handsome and Einstein.

Overconfident Baby Names

The ones I’ve blogged about so far are Envy, Foxy, Suave and Unique.

Here are some of the baby names that didn’t make the cut: Aristotle, Artist, Boss, Brave, Couture, Czar, Dandy, Emperor, Fancy, Fantasy, Great, Hercules, Legacy, Ninja, Peerless, Pride, Pristine, Ritzy, Romeo, Royalty, Sassy.

If you know anyone who appreciates baby name humor, please share!

See also: Embarrassing Baby Names.

NOTY 2013 – Your Final Four?

It’s Name of the Year time!

The competition is now being run by a different team, but I don’t think that will change how things work.

Here’s the NOTY 2013 bracket. Go take a look, then come back and give me your picks for the final four. Here are mine:

  • Bulltron Regional: Skyhawk Fadigan, M.D.
  • Sithole Regional: Baby Swinger
  • Dragonwagon Regional: Jackmeoff Mudd (I want to say Smokey Don Pipes, but I’d be a fool not to pick the guy named Jackmeoff.)
  • Chrotchtangle Regional: Fancy English, Jr.

Voting started yesterday with this post.

Here are my past NOTY posts: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. (No NOTY tournament was held in 2012.)

A Woman (and Many Babies) Named Fancy

woman called fancy, frank yerby, 1951

In 1952, the baby name Fancy appeared on the SSA’s baby name list for the very first time with seven baby girls:

  • 1953: unlisted
  • 1952: 7 baby girls named Fancy [debut]
  • 1951: unlisted

What was the cause?

Frank Yerby’s book A Woman Called Fancy, which was the 5th best-selling book of 1951.

Set in the state of Georgia in the late 19th century, the historical romance follows Fancy Williamson, a woman from out of town, who rises “from poverty to prominence” among well-to-do Augustans. “Like all Yerby’s novels, A Woman Called Fancy presents a protagonist who is an outcast but achieves success in an alien culture.”

(A secondary influence could have been the romantic comedy film Goodbye, My Fancy, released in mid-1951 and starring Joan Crawford.)

About twenty years later, the name was given a second boost on the charts by Bobbie Gentry’s Fancy (1969). Here’s a bit of the song:

You know I mighta been born just plain white trash,
but Fancy was my name.

And about twenty years after that, Reba McEntire’s 1990 cover of Fancy gave the name yet another boost. The name saw its highest usage ever (36 baby girls) in 1991.

Interesting fact: Frank Yerby’s novel The Foxes of Harrow (1946) — another historical romance set in the South — was the first novel by an African-American to sell more than a million copies.

Sources: A Woman Called Fancy – Oxford Reference, Publishers Weekly list of bestselling novels in the United States in the 1950s