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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.

Holly has 7 variant forms: 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 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).

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 its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Holli, Hollie and Holly. (2015 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 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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