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pinWhat 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.


Holly has 7 variants: Hollee, Holleigh, Holley, Holli, Hollie, Hollyann and Hollye.

Related girl name: Hollis.

Kreatif forms: Huly. [more]

pinHow 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)

Charted below is the baby name history 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 Names, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Holly name in U.S.

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

Hollie and Holli are the prominent related forms of Holly (#449 the previous year). These forms of Holly were at the apex of their popularity 4 decades ago (usage of 0.6%) and have become much less conventional since (usage 0.18%, 69%), with versions such as Holli falling out of fashion. Holly is the most contemporarily stylish birth name among these.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Holly, Holli, Hollie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Holly, Hollie outside U.S.

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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 baby names are Ally, Billy, Cally, Cilly, Colly, Corly, Delly, Dolly, Elly, Gilly, Hadly, Halle, Harly, Hedly, Helle, Hildy, Hill, Hille, Holda, Holde, 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.