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. Now revived in popular usage, also possibly due to actress Molly Ringwald. Author Mollie Hardwick.
Related girl name: Polly.Kreatif forms:
(female) Maly, Moly, ..
(male) Mollus, Molor, ..
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 history 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 2000 Names, 2014)
Prominent varying forms of Molly (#122 last year) are Mary (#120 last year), Malia (#345), Mollie (#803), May (#1581), Moira (#1672), Polly, Marla, Marlo and Mallie. Other variants, like Minny, are seldom used. These forms of Molly reached the apex of their popularity in the 1880s (adoption of 8.7%) and have become significantly less conventional since (adoption 0.4%, ▼95.1%), with forms like Marlo falling out of fashion.
Molly is pronounced similarly to Mala, Malea, Mali, Mally, Mela, Melia, Mella, Melli, Mellie▼, Melly, Melya, Mila▲, Milla, Millee, Milli, Millie, Milly and Myla▲. Other recommended names are Ally, Billy, Cally, Cilly, Colly, Corly, Delly, Dolly▼, Elly, Gilly, Hally, Hilly, Holly▼, Jilly, Joelly, Joely, Joly, Jully, Kally, Kelly▼, Lally, Lilly▲, Lolly, Mille, Monay, Nelly, Sally▼, Tally, Tilly, Tully, Vally, Wally and Willy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Molly.