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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.


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

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)

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

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

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)

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.