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What does Sally mean?

Sally Pronunciation of Sally [sal-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.

Associated with: princess, 18th century, 20th century (modern).


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

Related girl name: Tally.

20 more related forms via Sarah: Sadee, Sadella, Sadelle, Sadie, Sadye, Saira, Salli, Sara, Sarai, Saralyn, Saran, Sarely, Sarha, Sari, Saria, Sarie, Sarka, Sarra, Sarrey and Sasa.

Creative forms:
(female) Silly, Sily, ..

(male) Salie, Salsty, ..

Middle name pairings:
Sally Laken (S.L.), ..

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)

Sally reached its apex rank of #65 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #1139 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sally name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Sally (#1139 from recent data) are Sadie (#52 from recent data), Sarah (#58), Sara (#162), Sarai (#440), Sari, Sadye, Saira, Sallie and Sallyann. Other forms, like Sadella, are uncommon. These forms of Sally were popular as baby names 4 decades ago (adoption of 2.9%) and have become significantly less common since (adoption 0.9%, 69%), with versions like Sally going out of style. Sadie and Sarai are two of the more chic girl names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sally, Sadie, Sadye, Saira, Sallie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sallyann, Sara, Sarah, Sarai, Sari in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Sally is pronounced similarly to Cilla, Cilly, Seely, Seila, Sela, Selia, Selie, Seula, Silia, Siliya, Sillia, Silliya, Silya, Suelo, Sula, Zalia and Zilla. Other recommended names are Ally, Bailly, Baily, Bayly, Billy, Cally, Carly, Colly, Daly, Delly, Dolly, Elly, Gilly, Hadly, Haely, Haily, Hally, Harly, Hilly, Holly, Jilly, Jully, Kally, Kaly, Karly, Kelly, Laily, Lally, Lilly, Lolly, Mally, Melly, Milly, Molly, Nelly, Pauly, Polly, Sable, Salma, Samey, Sandy, Sanny, Selby, Sharly, Shelly, Silvy, Tilly, Tully, Vally, Wally and Willy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sally.

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