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The name "Percy" derives from the village of Percy-en-Auge in Normandy from which was derived the English surname, first taken by the Norman lords of Northumbria. From there it came into use as a given name.




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  • Percy Abercrombie (1884—1964), Australian rules footballer
  • Percy Williams Bridgman (1882–1961), Nobel Prize winner in Physics
  • Percy Faith (1908–1976), Canadian-born bandleader, orchestrator, composer and conductor
  • Percy Fawcett (1867-c. 1925), British soldier, archaeologist and South American explorer
  • Percy French (1854–1920), Irish songwriter, entertainer and painter
  • Percy Grainger (1882–1961), Australian-born composer and pianist
  • Percy Harvin (born 1988), National Football League wide receiver
  • Percy William Justyne (1812–1883), English artist
  • Percy Kachipande (born 1944), Malawian diplomat
  • Percy Lavon Julian (1899–1975), African-American research chemist and pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants
  • Percy Montgomery (born 1974), retired South African rugby union footballer
  • Percy Pepoon, American politician, Missouri senator
  • Percy Shaw, OBE (15 April 1890 – 1 September 1976) was an English inventor and businessman
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822), English poet
  • Percy Sledge (1940–2015), American R&B and soul singer
  • Percy Spencer (1894–1970), American engineer and inventor of the microwave oven
  • Percy Sutton (1920–2009), African-American politician, civil rights activist and businessman
  • Percy Thrower, MBE (1913–1988), British gardener, horticulturist, broadcaster and writer
  • Percy Vear (1911–1983), British professional boxer
  • Perce Wilson (1890–1936), NFL player
  • Percy Wilson (footballer) (1889-1941), Australian rules footballer
  • Percy Yutar (1911–2002), South Africa's first Jewish attorney-general and prosecutor of Nelson Mandela in the 1963 Rivonia treason trial


  • Robert Plant, vocalist for the British rock band Led Zeppelin, nicknamed Percy after Percy Thrower

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