What does Molly mean?
Molly /mol-ly/ [2 sylls.] 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.
Related girl name: Polly.
Molly▲ has 43 more different relations via Mary, Mollie: Mair, Maire, Mal, Malia▲, Mallie▼, Mame, Mamie▼, Manon, Manya, Mara▲, Mare, Maree, Marella, Marelle, Maren, Maria, Marie▼, Marilla, Marilyn▲, Marin, Marja, Marje, Marla▼, Marlo▼, Marya, Marylu, Masha, Maura▼, Maure, Mavra, May▼, Mayme▼, Mayra▼, Mimi, Minny, Mitzi▼, Moira, Moire, Morag, Moya, Muire, Poll and Polly▼.Kreatif forms: Mely, Miely, Mily. [more]
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 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)
Prominent varying forms of Molly (#122 last year) are Maria (#115 last year), Mary (#120), Malia (#345), Marilyn (#405), Marie (#579), Mara (#695), Mollie (#803), Mayra, Mimi, Mitzi, Polly, Moira, Mayme, Marlo, Mamie, Mame, Mallie, Maren, Marin, Maura, Marla and May. Variants like Minny are seldom used. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.381%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.2094%, ▼45%), with forms like Mayra, Mollie, Marie, Maura and May falling out of fashion. Marilyn (#405), Mara (#695), Molly (#122) and Malia (#345) are four 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)
Molly▲ is pronounced similarly to Mally, Mella, Melli, Melly, Milla, Milli and Milly. Other recommended similar baby names are Colly, Dolly▼, Holly▲, Lolly and Mille. These names tend to be less commonly used than Molly.