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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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Hollis.
Holly is a very popular first name for females (#186 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3709 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Holly for girls (2015 statistics).
Holly is also 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.
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