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What does Molly mean?

Molly \m(ol)-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, 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 variants: Moll, Mollee, Molley, Molli and Mollie.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Polly.

Molly has 43 more different forms 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.


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 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. 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%, down 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Malia, Mallie, Mame, Mamie, Mara, Maren, Maria, Marie, Marilyn, Marin in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marla, Marlo, Mary, Maura, May, Mayme, Mayra, Mimi, Mitzi, Moira in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

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.