What does Molly mean?
Pet form of Mary. In use since the late Middle Ages. In the past, "moll" had meant a prostitue or a gangster's girlfriend, making the use of this name uncommon. Now revived in popular usage, also possibly due to actress Molly Ringwald. Author Mollie Hardwick.
Related girl name: Polly.
Molly▲ has 43 more different forms via Mary, Mollie: Mair, Maire, Mal, Malia▲, Mallie▼, Mame, Mamie▼, Manon, Manya, Mara▲, Mare, Maree, Marella, Marelle, Maren, Maria, Marie▼, Marilla, Marilyn▲, Marin, Marja, Marje, Marla▼, Marlo▼, Marya, Marylu, Masha, Maura▼, Maure, Mavra, May▼, Mayme▼, Mayra▼, Mimi, Minny, Mitzi▼, Moira, Moire, Morag, Moya, Muire, Poll and Polly▼.Kreatif forms: Mely, Miely, Mily. [more]
How popular is Molly?
Molly is a very prominent first name for women (#317 out of 4276, Top 7%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#92217 out of 150436, Top 61%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Molly for girls. Molly reached its top rank of #74 in the U.S. in the year 1991, and is presently at #122. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Prominent varying forms of Molly (#122 last year) are Maria (#115 last year), Mary (#120), Malia (#345), Marilyn (#405), Marie (#579), Mara (#695), Mollie (#803), Mayra, Mimi, Mitzi, Polly, Moira, Mayme, Marlo, Mamie, Mame, Mallie, Maren, Marin, Maura, Marla and May. Variants like Minny are seldom used. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.381%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.2094%, down 45%), with forms like Mayra, Mollie, Marie, Maura and May falling out of fashion. Marilyn (#405), Mara (#695), Molly (#122) and Malia (#345) are four of the more trendy baby names among these. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Molly and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Molly▲ is pronounced similarly to Mally, Mella, Melli, Melly, Milla, Milli and Milly. Other recommended similar baby names are Colly, Dolly▼, Holly▲, Lolly and Mille. These names tend to be less commonly used than Molly.