What does Percy mean?

Definitions for Percy
ˈpɜr siper·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Percy, Walker Percynoun

    United States writer whose novels explored human alienation (1916-1990)

  2. Percy, Sir Henry Percy, Hotspur, Harry Hotspurnoun

    English soldier killed in a rebellion against Henry IV (1364-1403)


  1. Percynoun

    An English surname.

  2. Percynoun

    A male given name transferred from the surname, of Middle Ages and later usage.

  3. Etymology: Norman baronial surname from a place in Normandy (Percy-en-Auge), Old French Perci, Late Latin Persiacum, from the Gallo-Roman personal name Persius.


  1. Percy

    The English surname Percy is of Norman origin, coming from Normandy to England, United Kingdom. It was from the House of Percy, Norman lords of Northumberland, derives from the village of Percy-en-Auge in Normandy. From there, it came into use as a given name. It is also a short form of the given name Percival, Perseus, etc.


  1. percy

    "Percy" is predominantly known as a male given name, often used in English-speaking countries, derived from an English surname that originally belonged to a Norman landowner. The name is often associated with Percy Bysshe Shelley, an influential English Romantic poet. Furthermore, in popular culture, it is also recognized as the name of a prominent character, Percy Jackson, in a series of novels written by Rick Riordan. The meaning of the name Percy is often associated with "piercing the valley".


  1. Percy

    Percy is a 1971 film soundtrack for the British comedy film Percy performed by English rock group the Kinks with additional orchestral arrangements conducted by Stanley Myers. The songs were written by Ray Davies and include both standard pop songs and instrumental numbers.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Percy

    a noble English family of Norman origin, the founder of which accompanied the Conqueror, and was rewarded with grants of land for his services; a successor of whom in the female line, Henry, the father of the famous Hotspur, was created Duke of Northumberland in 1377.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. percy

    The name of an ancient and noble English family, descended from William de Percy, who, in the reign of William the Conqueror, possessed several manors in the counties of Lincoln and York. He was probably a Norman. In the reign of Edward I. a Henry de Percy acquired Alnwick and other estates in Northumberland. Another Henry de Percy, in the reign of Edward III., married Mary Plantagenet, a great-granddaughter of King Henry III., and had two sons, Henry, earl of Northumberland, and Thomas, earl of Worcester. Henry Percy, surnamed Hotspur, a son of Henry last named, rebelled against Henry IV., and was killed at the battle of Shrewsbury (1408). A son of Hotspur was restored to the earldom, fought for the house of Lancaster, and fell at Saint Albans, in 1455, leaving several sons, who were killed in the war of the Roses. In the reign of Elizabeth, a Percy, earl of Northumberland, was executed for rebellion (1572).

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PERCY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Percy is ranked #7837 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Percy surname appeared 4,226 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Percy.

    67.4% or 2,852 total occurrences were White.
    21.7% or 920 total occurrences were Black.
    5.4% or 229 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.5% or 107 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 78 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.9% or 40 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. crepy

  2. crêpy

  3. cypre

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Percy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Percy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Percy in a Sentence

  1. Secretary Wilkie:

    Once again the halls of Congress reverberate with odes to rugged individualism, state sovereignty, and contempt for the centralized super-state, these are bloodless battles Jefferson Davis could never fight but, they are no less vital for the future of American civilization. As our cities decay and our standards and spiritual traditions deteriorate, America is searching for a better way. Walker Percy urged us to look South to recover community, stability, and sense of place in God's order which we have regrettably lost. That is a tall proposition but it is certainly one Jefferson Davis would understand and certainly one for which Jefferson Davis would fight.

  2. Peyton Manning:

    Separately, Percy Harvin described the worst instance of Percy Harvin trying to deal with anxiety. Percy Harvin talked about when Percy Harvin punched then-Seahawks teammate Golden Tate in the face before the Super Bowl against Denver Broncos. My worst one, I would say, you know, the, the Super Bowl incident, Percy Harvin said. When asked about the entire incident Percy Harvin said Percy Harvin couldnt even believe that Percy Harvin did that. DETROIT LIONS KENNY GOLLADAY MAKES INCREDIBLE GRAB FOR LATE TD ; KANSAS CITY CHIEFS GET LAST LAUGH So were down at the Super Bowl, of course, the year in New York. We were playing the Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning. Were at the practice facility. We had to practice inside because it was cold, snowin. And Golden did an interview and I just sat out the previous game with a concussion.

  3. James Joyce:

    I shall write a book some day about the appropriateness of names. Geoffrey Chaucer has a ribald ring, as is proper and correct, and Alexander Pope was inevitably Alexander Pope. Colley Cibber was a silly little man without much elegance and Shelley was very Percy and very Bysshe.

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    come out into view, as from concealment
    • A. fudge
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