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pinWhat does Molly mean?

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.


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

Related girl name: Polly.

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

Kreatif forms: Mely, Miely, Mily. [more]

pinHow 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)

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

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

Prominent varying forms of Molly (#122 last year) are Mary (#120 last year), Malia (#345), Mollie (#803), Moira, Polly, May, Marla, Marlo and Mallie. Other variants, like Minny, are seldom used. These forms of Molly reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (adoption of 0.47%) and are somewhat less conventional today (adoption 0.26%, 44.4%), with forms like Mollie, Mallie, Marlo, May and Polly falling out of fashion. Molly and Malia are two 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Molly, Malia, Mallie, Marla, Marlo in U.S.

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

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

pinSimilar Names

Molly is pronounced similarly to Maelee, Maillie, Mala, Malea, Maleah, Maleia, Mali, Mally, Meelia, Mela, Melia, Mella, Melli, Mellie, Melly, Melya, Mila, Milla, Millee, Milli, Millie, Milly and Myla. Other recommended similar baby names are Colly, Dolly, Holly, Lolly, Maelle, Mel, Mille and Mohala. These names tend to be less commonly used than Molly.