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Holly meaning and name origin

Holly \ho(l)-ly\ as a girl's 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.

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

For more information, see also the related name Hollis.

Baby names that sound like Holly are Hilly, Hally and Holle.

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Popularity of Holly

Holly is a very popular first name for women (#186 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3709 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).

Displayed below are the baby name popularity trends of the name Holly compared with its variant forms and related girl baby names. (2012 statistics). View the popularity trend for Holly only.

Popularity of name Holly
Popularity of Holly