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What does Happy mean?

Happy Pronunciation of Happy [hap-py] as a girls' name is of English origin, and the meaning of Happy is "cheerful". From the word originally meaning "prosperous", derived from hap "chance". Used in the 19th century; Felicity and Hilary are more common in modern times. Happy is sometimes used as a nickname nowadays. The late Nelson Rockefeller's wife was named Happy. Compare Merry and Gay.

Associated with: prosperous (wealthy), 19th century, modern.


1 alternative form via Felicity, Gay, Hilary, Merry: Hilly.

1 masculine form: Habib.

Creative forms:
(female) Haply, Happe, ..

(male) Haply, Happo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Happy Nataly (H.N.), ..

How popular is Happy?

Happy is an unusual given name for females but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#40019 out of 150436, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Popular related forms of Happy (not ranked) are Felicity (#360 the previous year), Merry, Gay and Hilary. Usage of these relations of Happy was common 2 decades ago (usage of 0.07%) and is somewhat less today (usage 0.05%, 28.2%), with forms like Gay becoming somewhat dated. Felicity is the most chic girl name in this compilation. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Felicity, Gay, Hilary, Merry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Hadly, Haely, Haily, Haley, Hally, Hanny, Hany, Harly, Hatsy, Hatty, Hepsy, Peppy, Pippy and Poppy. These names tend to be more commonly used than Happy.

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