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.
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)
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)
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.