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What does Hilary mean?

Hilary Pronunciation of Hilary as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Hilary) is pronounced HILL-a-ree. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Hilary is "cheerful, happy". From the feminine form Hilaria of the Latin name Hilarius (from hilaris, the same root as "hilarious"). Name of the fourth-century Saint Hilary of Poiters and a fifth-century pope. The name was used mainly for men before the 19th century, but it is now more commonly used for girls. First Lady Hillary Clinton; actress Hilary Swank; singer Hilary Duff.

ASSOCIATED WITH saint, 19th century, lady (noble)


VARIANTS Hilaire, Hilairie, Hilaria, Hilarie, Hilarion, Hilary, Hill, Hillary, Hillery, Hilliary, Hillie, Hilly, Ilari, Ilaria, Ilario, Ilarion

SEE ALSO Alair, Alegra, Happy, Larissa

MASCULINE FORMS Alaire, Ellery, Elroy, Ilario



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How popular is Hilary?

Hilary is a very popular first name for females (#735 out of 4276, Top 17%) and a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#115489 out of 150436, Top 77%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Hilary was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its top position of #232 in the U.S. in the year 1990, but is not listed at the moment. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Hilaria, Hillary and Larissa (#1500 FROM RECENT DATA) are the prominent related forms of Hilary rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Hilary were favored in 1992 (USAGE OF 0.24%) and have become much less common since (USAGE 0.01%, 96.4%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hilary, Hilaria, Hillary, Larissa in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hilary and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Allfry (see Alfreda), Aubary (see Aubrey), Cary, Clairy, Clarry, Clary, Eiry, Flory, Glory, Hadara, Hagar, Hailey, Haily, Hajar, Hala, Halah, Haley, Halley, Hally, Hany, Harly, Helana, Hiba, Hilal, Hilda, Hilde, Hildi, Hildie, Hildred, Hildy, Hille, Hilma, Hitty, Holley, Holly, Hyday, Kary, Mallary, Malory, Mary, Pilar, Shary, Tamary, Valery, Valory, Valry and Zary. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hilary.

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