What does Sally mean?
Sally /sal-ly/ [2 sylls.] 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.
Related girl name: Tally.more]
How popular is Sally?
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), Sarai (#447), Sadye and Sallie. Forms like Sarely are uncommon. These girl names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.706%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.47%, ▼33.4%), with the versions Sallie, Sadye and Sally becoming less in vogue. Sadie (#46) and Sarai (#447) are two 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.