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Molly 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 name Polly. Baby names that sound like Molly are Milly, Melly, Mally, Molli and Molley.
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Popularity of Molly
Molly is a very popular first name for women (#317 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#80903 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).
Displayed below are the baby name popularity trends of the name Molly compared with its variant forms and related girl baby names. (2012 statistics). View the popularity trend for Molly only.