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    Which name would Nancy be short for

    I know this question must have been asked a 100 times but I can't find any reference to it.

    I know that Nancy is a name in its own right now but was it in 1922 or could it have been a derivative of another name?

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    It can be a pet name for Anne, or a name in its own right. It certainly existed in its own right in 1922.

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    It can also be for Agnes...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven View Post
    It can also be for Agnes...
    Really! Well her mother's name was Agnes.

    Are you sure?

    If that is the case I know where to look now.

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    Nancy (F) >
    Nancy (female)

    Synonym(s): Agnes (F)
    Diminutive(s): Nan (F)
    Pet Name for: Ann (F)


    NANCY f English
    Previously a medieval diminutive of ANNIS, though since the 18th century it has been a diminutive of ANNE (1)...

    ANNIS
    Gender: Feminine
    Usage: English
    Pronounced: AN-is [key]
    Medieval English form of AGNES


    Also Anna, Hannah, Annie etc.
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    My Mum always pronounced the name Agnes An-yes. That makes Nancy a likelier derivative than a name with a hard g in it.
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    Thanks for that. I can't really see how you get Nancy from Agnes to be honest... but then some other shortened names or nicknames doesn't make sense either

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    Maggie...

    my grt Aunt's name was Agnes and she was always called Nancy, as was my dad's sister... lol


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