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Hillary (girl)

What does Hillary mean?

Hillary Pronunciation of Hillary [hillary] as a girls' name (also used less generally as boys' name Hillary) is a Latin name, and the meaning of the name Hillary is "cheerful, happy". Hillary is an American form of Hilary (Latin).

Associated with: cheerful (joy).


Hillary has 5 variants: Hilairie, Hilaria, Hilarie, Hillery and Hilliary.

4 more related forms via Hilary: Hilaire, Hill, Hillie and Hilly.

Creative forms:
(female) Helary, Hillari, ..

(male) Hillare, Hilmar, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hillary Lux (H.L.), ..

How popular is Hillary?

Hillary is a very prominent first name for females (#788 out of 4276, Top 18%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#22143 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Hillary was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its highest rank of #132 in the U.S. in 1992, and is at #1586 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hillary name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hillary outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Hilaria and Hilary are the prominent variation forms of Hillary (#1586 from current records) listed in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Hilly, are seldom used. These relations of Hillary were favored in 1992 (average #788) and are now significantly less conventional, with versions like Hillary becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hillary, Hilaria, Hilary in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Allfry (see Alfreda), Clary, Halley, Hally, Hella, Hilal, Hilda, Hildy, Hille, Hilma, Hollace, Holladay, Holley, Holly, Mallary, Mallery, Mallory, Vallery and Vallory. These names tend to be less commonly used than Hillary.

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in meaning and etymology.