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Meaning and name origin

Molly \m(ol)-ly\ as a girl's name is pronounced MAH-lee. It is of Irish and Latin origin, and the meaning of Molly is "star of the sea". 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.


Molly has 5 variant forms: Moll, Mollee, Molley, Molli and Mollie.

For more information, see also the related girl name Polly.


Molly is a very popular first name for females (#317 out of 4276, Top 7%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#80903 out of 88799, Top 91%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Molly for girls. Molly reached its highest rank of #74 in the U.S. in 1991 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Molly and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Mary (#120), Molly (#122), Mollie (#803) and Polly. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mary, Mollie, Molly, Polly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mary, Mollie, Molly outside U.S.

Similar Names

Molly is also pronounced similarly to Mally, Mella, Melli, Melly, Milla, Milli and Milly. Other suggested similar baby names are Colly, Dolly, Holly, Lolly and Mille. These names tend to be less commonly used than Molly.