Meaning and Name Origin
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 information, 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 (#21267 out of 88799, Top 24%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Sally and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Sally ranked in the Top 1000 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 and are somewhat less popular today, with versions like Zaria, Shari, Sarina, Sally and Sallie falling out of style. Zara (#422), Sadie (#46) and Sarai (#447) are three of the more chic girl names in this compilation, with Sadie going through a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.