What does Holly mean?
Holly \ho(l)-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 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.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Hollis.
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)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Holly for girls. Holly was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its peak rank of #58 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is currently at #449. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Hollie and Holli are the prominent related forms of Holly (#449 the previous year). These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.602%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.1837%, down 69.5%), with the versions Holli and Hollie becoming less fashionable. Holly (#449) is the most contemporarily stylish birth name among these. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Holly and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Holly is pronounced similarly to Haely, Haily, Haley, Halley, Halli, Hally, Hella and Hilly. Other suggested similar baby names are Colly, Dolly▼, Halle▼, Hille, Holle, Lolly, Molly and Polly▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Holly.