What does Holly mean?
Holly [hol-ly] as a girls' name is pronounced HAH-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Holly is "the holly tree". Botanical name from Middle English holi(n), Old English holegn. First used in the early 20th century. Holly Golightly is the heroine in Truman Capote's nove "Breakfast at Tiffany's", which was made into a film in 1961, starring Audrey Hepburn. The name is often given to daughters born on or near Christmas. Actress Holly Hunter; singer Holly Near.
Related girl name: Hollis.Creative forms:
(female) Holia, Huly, ..
(male) Holla, Holold, .. Middle name pairings:
Holly Hannah (H.H.), ..
How popular is Holly?
Holly is a very popular first name for women (#186 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#3680 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Holly was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its peak rank of #58 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is currently at #490. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Hollis (#1900 the previous year), Hollie, Holli and Holley are the prominent related forms of Holly (#490 the previous year). These forms of Holly were at the apex of their popularity 4 decades ago (usage of 0.4%) and have become much less conventional since, with versions such as Hollie falling out of fashion.
Holly▼ is pronounced similarly to Haeley, Haely, Hailey, Haily, Hala, Halah, Halea, Haley▼, Hali▼, Halia, Halie▼, Halley, Halli, Hallie, Hally, Hayley▼, Helia, Hella, Hellee, Hellia, Hillie and Hilly. Other suggested similar names are Ally, Billy, Cally, Cilly, Colly, Corly, Delly, Dolly▼, Elly, Gilly, Hadly, Halle▼, Harly, Hedly, Helle, Hildy, Hill, Hille, Holda, Holde (see Holda), Holle, Holles, Honey, Jilly, Joelly, Joely, Joly, Jully, Kally, Kelly▼, Lally, Lilly▲, Lolly, Mally, Melly, Milly, Molly, Nelly, Polly▼, Sally▼, Tally, Tilly, Tully, Vally, Wally and Willy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Holly.See names in meaning and etymology.