According to the website nameberry.com, this is one of the few names that originated as a contraction, beginning as “mine Ancy,” with Ancy being a nickname for Annis, a Medieval English variation of Anne. The name is one of the main characters in “Oliver Twist”.
The name is affectionately remembered by some as Nancy Drew, a girl detective, while youngsters today are watching the “Fancy Nancy” series. Many well-known American politicians are named Nancy, with Nancy Pelosi being the most famous one. Nancy Reagan is one that must star on the list, accompanied by Nancy Sinatra. There. We have them all.
Before Phoebe was found in the Bible, written about in Shakespeare's "As You Like It," and featured on the hit TV sitcom "Friends," legend has it that Phoebe was the by-name of Artemis, goddess of hunting and the moon. Phoebe has Greek origins meaning "radiant, shining one."
Today many Phoebes are out there rocking our world, including Phoebe Bridgers and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. We must admit that as a stand-alone, Phoebe is not one of our favorites; however, when the last name suits the first like a glove, we must admit we kind of love it. Pheobe Buffay, you do the name justice.
The hunt for vintage-themed girl names uncovered some rare and surprising gems, like the distinctly Irish-sounding name Molly. Down-to-earth and plucky, Molly has been unfailingly popular in America over the past several decades. References to this name include Molly Bloom from the James Joyce novel 'Ulysses' and the Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher. And no one can forget Molly Ringwald, of course.
There's Molly Shannon and Molly, the man, Meldrum, and we feel this name will climb back up the ladder of success. It is known that many people use Molly as a nickname for Mary; however, it was ranked 18th most popular name in 2021, so it's on the right track.
The truth is that we are not 100% sure where this name came from or what it actually means. Is there anything more endearing than a girl's name that carries a bit of whimsy? Everly is to be playful and quaint, and babies themselves embody the definition of whimsical.
To us, Everly sounds unique and sweet, with just enough modern cred to make it the next sensation. So, when it comes to famous people named Everly, there aren't too many, and we found Australian actress Everly Sampi. It's ranked 50th on the popular name list, which is not that impressive.
OK, we should be honest about this name. Millicent is on the list basically for its nickname. One illustrious Millicent was Millicent Fawcett, who was a champion for women's suffrage from 1897–1919. There, we said it, and now that we all know how much we adore the nickname, Millie, we can also let you know that we love girls' names that are associated with strength.
The French meaning behind this name is "brave strength," and what lady doesn't want more of that? Many famous Millies are out there, starting with Millie Small and Millie Perkins. Millie Jackson is another well-known name; however - none of the above were born Millicent. They are planes, Millie.