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Meaning and Name Origin

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.


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

For more information, 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 (#3709 out of 88799, Top 4%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Holly and corresponding names. Prominent related forms of Holly (#449 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000 are Hollie and Holli. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 and have become much less widespread since, with the versions Hollie and Holli becoming less fashionable. Holly (#449) is the most contemporarily stylish birth name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

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.