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What does Molly mean?

Molly Pronunciation of Molly [mol-ly] as a girls' 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. Now revived in popular usage, also possibly due to actress Molly Ringwald. Author Mollie Hardwick.

Associated with: irish, star, sea.


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

Related girl name: Polly.

13 more different relations via Mary, Mollie: Mal, Malia, Mallie, Marla, Marlo, May, Minny, Moira, Moire, Morag, Moya, Poll and Polly.

Creative forms:
(female) Molie, Molla, ..

(male) Mollus, Molor, ..

Middle name pairings:
Molly Celina (M.C.), ..

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)

Molly reached its top rank of #74 in the U.S. in the year 1991, and is presently at #144. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Molly name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Molly (#144 last year) are Mary (#124 last year), Malia (#313), Mollie (#1001), Moira (#1645), May (#1658), 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%, 95.4%), with forms like Marlo falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Molly, Malia, Mallie, Marla, Marlo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mary, May, Moira, Mollie, Polly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.

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