What does Molly mean?
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.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 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)
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.