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What does Sally mean?

Sally \s(al)-ly\ as a girls' name is pronounced SAL-ee. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Sally is "princess". Variant of Sarah. Popular in the 18th and 20th centuries. Talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael; actress Sally Field; astronaut Sally K. Ride.


Sally has 10 variants: Sal, Salcia, Saletta, Sallee, Salletta, Sallette, Salley, Sallianne, Sallie and Sallyann.

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

Sally has 45 more related forms via Sarah: Sadee, Sadella, Sadelle, Sadellia, Sadie, Sadye, Saidee, Saira, Sairah, Salli, Sara, Sarai, Saraia, Saralee, Saralyn, Saralynn, Saran, Sareen, Sarely, Sarena, Sarha, Sarhah, Sari, Saria, Sarie, Sarika, Sarina, Sarine, Sarita, Sarka, Sarolta, Sarra, Sarrah, Sarrey, Sasa, Sera, Serah, Shara, Shari, Sydel, Sydelle, Zahra, Zara, Zarah and Zaria.


Sally is a very prominent first name for women (#167 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#20456 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Sally for girls. Sally reached its apex rank of #69 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Popular variation forms of Sally are Sadie (#46 last year), Sarah (#50), Sara (#167), Zara (#422), Sarai (#447), Zaria (#860), Zahra (#916), Sadye, Shari, Shara, Sallie, Sarina and Sarrah. These girl names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.353%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.2923%, down 17.2%), with versions like Zaria, Sally, Sarina, Shari and Sadye falling out of style. Zara (#422), Sadie (#46) and Sarai (#447) are three of the more chic girl names in this compilation, and there is also a rekindling in birth name usage for Sadie. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Sally and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Sadie, Sadye, Sallie, Sally, Sara, Sarah, Sarai, Sarina, Sarrah, Shara in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shari, Zahra, Zara, Zaria in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sadie, Sally, Sara, Sarah, Zahra, Zara outside U.S.

Similar Names

Sally is pronounced similarly to Cilly and Seely. Other recommended similar baby names are Cally, Hally, Kally, Lally, Mally, Shelly, Vally and Wally. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sally.