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


Proper noun[edit]


  1. An English surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname, of Middle Ages and later usage.

Usage notes[edit]


  • ~1597 William Shakespeare: First Part of King Henry the Fourth: Act V, Scene IV:
    Hotspur. My name is Harry Percy.
    Prince. Why, then, I see / A very valiant rebel of that name. / I am the Prince of Wales; and think not, Percy, / To share with me in glory any more.
  • 2008 Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture, Faber and Faber, →ISBN, pages 198 - 199:
    I have written again to ask if I may visit there sometime soon, and talk to the administrator, who it turns out is an old acquaintance, a man called Percival Quinn, I think the only Percy I have heard of in the present era, let alone met.

Derived terms[edit]




From English Percy. First recorded as a Swedish given name in 1845. By folk etymology associated with Per (Peter).

Proper noun[edit]

Percy c (genitive Percys)

  1. A male given name.
    • 2010 Susanna Alakoski, Håpas du trifs bra i fengelset, Bonniers, →ISBN, page 117:
      Samipojkar skulle bli jobbare, det var ett bra yrke för sådana som hette Conny och Sonny också. [] Och på hjälputbildningar runt om i landet skojlärde vi oss Y-barnsregeln. Varning för alla namn som slutar på Y!: Ronny, Tommy, Billy, Tony, Eddy, Lenny, Jimmy, Benny, Jerry, Freddy.
      Så skojades det. Menades det, kanske.
      Men Percypojkarna blev ju sällan raggare och bråkstakar...
      Undantaget som bekräftade regeln, skojade vi på.