Tracy

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

A Norman baronial surname from places in France, derived from a Gallo-Roman given name Thracius which referred to Thrace + the Celtic suffix *-āko (place, property). As a female given name, it is also a diminutive of Theresa.

Proper noun[edit]

Tracy (plural Tracys or Tracies)

  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name, occasional transferred use of the surname since the nineteenth century.
  3. A female given name popular in the 1960s and 1970s.
    • 1985 Ed McBain, Snow White and Rose Red, page 130:
      "That's her real name, you know. I mean, a lot of girls working the topless joints, they take exotic, sexy names...well, Tiffany Carter, for example...but that was the name Tracy was born with."
    • 1993 Wayne C. Lee, Bad Men and Bad Towns, Caxton Press, ISBN 0870043498, page 144:
      Her name was Theresa (often Tracy) Oldenburg and she had eyes only for another young man, Richard Puls.
  4. Any of several towns in North America.

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Quotations[edit]

  • 1921 P. G. Wodehouse, Indiscretions of Archie, page 162:
    "What's the first name?" - - - "I have a horrible feeling that it's Lancelot!" "Good God!" said Archie. "It couldn't really be that, could it?" Archie looked grave. He hated to to give pain, but he felt he must be honest. "It might," he said. "People give their children all sorts of rummy names. My second name's Tracy. And I have a pal in England who was christened Cuthbert De la Hay Horace. Fortunately everyone calls him Stinker."