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What does Dolley mean?

Dolley Pronunciation of Dolley [dol-ley] as a girls' name has its roots in English and Greek. Dolley is a variant form of Dolly (English): short variant of Dorothy.

Associated with: greek.


Dolley has 3 variants: Dollee, Dolli and Dollie.

8 more different relations via Dolly, Dorothy: Dodie, Dody, Doe, Doll, Dorthy, Dory, Dottey and Dotty.

Creative forms:
(female) Deley, Dolla, ..

(male) Dolla, Dolver, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dolley Emilie (D.E.), ..

How popular is Dolley?

Dolley is a rare given name for females but a very popular last name for all people (#33380 out of 150436, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Dorothy (#714 last year), Dorthy, Dotty, Dolly, Doll, Dollie and Dodie are the popular varying forms of Dolley (outside Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Dolley were favored as birth names during 1920-1929 (adoption of 5.2%) and have become significantly less popular since. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dodie, Doll, Dollie, Dolly, Dorothy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dorthy, Dotty in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dolley and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Dolley is alike in pronunciation to Dalla, Daly, Delie, Della, Delli, Delly, Dilla, Dilli and Dola. Other suggested similar names are Alley, Billey, Calley, Coley, Collet, Colly, Corley, Daile, Dale, Dalles, Dayle, Dell, Delle, Dielle, Dodey, Dorcey, Dorey, Dorsey, Halley, Holle, Hollee, Holles, Holley, Holly, Joley, Jooley, Kalley, Kelley, Lilley, Lolly, Mollee, Molley, Molly, Nelley, Pollee (see Polly), Polley, Polly, Salley, Talley, Tilley, Valley and Yolley. These names tend to be more commonly used than Dolley.

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