What does Hilary mean?
Hilary [hi-lary] as a boys' name is pronounced ee-LAH-ree. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Hilary is "cheerful, happy". English form of Latin Hilarius, from hilaris. The name of more than 30 saints, including Saint Hilary of Poiters, a fourth-century theologian. Nowadays, more common as a girl's name.
Associated with: theologian (philosopher).
Hilary has 23 variants: Halarien, Helario, Hilaire, Hilar, Hilaria, Hilarid, Hilarie, Hilario, Hilarion, Hilarius, Hill, Hillary, Hillery, Hilliary, Hillie, Hilly, Hilorio, Ilar, Ilari, Ilaria, Ilario, Ilarion and Illario.Creative forms:
(male) Halary, Hulary, ..
(female) Hilahi, Hilasa, .. Middle name pairings:
Hilary Bryant (H.B.), ..
How popular is Hilary?
Hilary is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a somewhat prominent last name for all people (#115489 out of 150436, Top 77%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Hilary reached its highest rank of #1044 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Hillary, Hillery, Hill, Elroy, Hilario and Ellery are the popular variation forms of Hilary listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Hilary were popular as birth names 95 years ago, but now, the form Elroy has gone out of style.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Aimery, Aimory, Aubary, Cary▼, Clarry, Cleary, Digory, Ellary, Gary▼, Geary, Hadar, Haidar, Hailey, Haily (see Haley), Haley, Halley, Hallsy, Halsey, Halsy, Halvar, Halvard, Halward, Hamar, Hany, Hardy▼, Hari, Harly, Harm, Harry▼, Hart, Harv, Harvy, Haward, Hazard, Hearn, Helado (see Heladio), Henry▼, Hiatt, Hilal, Hildy, Hillard, Hillel, Hiller, Hilliard, Hillyard, Hilton▼, Hiram▼, Hiro, Hobard, Hobart▼, Homar, Horry, Howard▼, Hulbard (see Hulbert), Humfry (see Humphrey), Jary, Keary, Lary, Leary, Makary, Malory, Tilar, Valery, Veltry, Zacary and Zakary. These names tend to be more commonly used than Hilary.See names in meaning and etymology.