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Popularity of the Baby Name Fancy

Number of Babies Named Fancy

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

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.

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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 7 Babies) Named Fancy

Frank Yerby’s book A Woman Called Fancy was the 5th bestselling book of 1951. Here’s a summary:

Set in Augusta, Georgia, T traces the rise of the heroine, a beautiful South Carolina woman, from poverty to prominence among Augusta’s artistocrats. Seeking to escape marriage to an old man to whom her father is indebted, Fancy Williamson leaves South Carolina for Augusta. She begins as a dance girl on a show wagon and eventually marries into a bankrupt aristocratic family of Georgia. Her marriage to Courtland Brantley of the Hiberion Plantation, however, provokes the scorn of aristocrats and begins her downfall.

In 1952, seven baby girls were named Fancy and the name appeared on the SSA’s baby name list for the very first time.

About twenty years later, the name was given a second boost 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.


About twenty years after that, Reba McEntire’s 1990 cover of Fancy gave the name yet another boost.

Source: A Woman Called Fancy – Oxford Reference