What does Hilary mean?
Hilary [hi-lary] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Hilary) is pronounced HILL-a-ree. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Hilary is "cheerful, happy". From the feminine form Hilaria of the Latin name Hilarius (from hilaris, the same root as "hilarious"). Name of the fourth-century Saint Hilary of Poiters and a fifth-century pope. The name was used mainly for men before the 19th century, but it is now more commonly used for girls. First Lady Hillary Clinton; actress Hilary Swank; singer Hilary Duff.
(female) Hellary, Helry, ..
(male) Hilahu, Hiler, .. Middle name pairings:
Hilary Brandi (H.B.), ..
How popular is Hilary?
Hilary is a very popular first name for females (#735 out of 4276, Top 17%) and a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#115489 out of 150436, Top 77%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Hilary was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its top position of #232 in the U.S. in the year 1990, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Hilaria, Hillary (#1586 from recent data) and Larissa (#1159) are the prominent related forms of Hilary rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Hilary were favored in 1992 (usage of 0.22%) and have become much less common since (usage 0.01%, ▼93.9%).
Similar NamesRecommended names are Allfry (see Alfreda), Aubary (see Aubrey), Cary, Clairy, Clarry, Clary, Eiry, Flory, Glory, Hadara, Hagar, Hailey, Haily, Hajar, Hala, Halah, Haley▼, Halley, Hally, Hany, Harly, Helana, Hiba, Hilal, Hilda▼, Hilde, Hildi, Hildie, Hildred, Hildy, Hille, Hilma▼, Hitty, Holley, Holly▼, Hyday, Kary, Mallary, Malory, Mary▼, Pilar, Shary, Tamary, Valery, Valory, Valry and Zary. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hilary.See names in meaning and etymology.