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What does Molly mean?

Molly Pronunciation of Molly as a girls' name is pronounced MAH-lee. It is of Irish and Latin origin, and the meaning of Molly is "star of the sea". Pet form of Mary. In use since the late Middle Ages. In the past, "moll" had meant a prostitue or a gangster's girlfriend. Now revived in popular usage, also possibly due to actress Molly Ringwald. Author Mollie Hardwick.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, star, sea


VARIANTS Moll, Mollee, Molley, Molli, Mollie


OTHER FORMS VIA MARY, MOLLIE Mal, Malia, Mallie, Marla, Marlo, May, Minny, Moira, Moire, Morag, Moya, Poll, Polly

(female) Mely, ..

(male) Molor, ..

Molly Irie (M.I.), ..

How popular is Molly?

Molly is a very prominent first name for women (#317 out of 4276, Top 7%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#92217 out of 150436, Top 61%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Molly reached its top rank of #74 in the U.S. in the year 1991, and is presently at #158. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Molly (#158 LAST YEAR) are Mary (#126), Malia (#254), Mollie (#1125), Moira (#1606), May (#1645), Marlo (#1980), Mallie, Marla and Polly. Other variants, like Minny, are seldom used. These forms of Molly reached the apex of their popularity in the 1940s (ADOPTION OF 4.5%) and have become significantly less conventional since (ADOPTION 0.4%, 92.2%), with forms like Mallie falling out of fashion. Malia is the most trendy baby name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Molly, Malia, Mallie, Marla, Marlo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mary, May, Moira, Mollie, Polly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Molly, Mary, Mollie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Molly is pronounced similarly to Mala, Malea, Mali, Mally, Mela, Melia, Mella, Melli, Mellie, Melly, Melya, Mila, Milla, Millee, Milli, Millie, Milly and Myla. Other recommended sound-alike names are Ally, Billy, Cally, Cilly, Colly, Corly, Delly, Dolly, Elly, Gilly, Hally, Hilly, Holly, Jilly, Joelly, Joely, Joly, Jully, Kally, Kelly, Lally, Lilly, Lolly, Mille, Monay, Nelly, Sally, Tally, Tilly, Tully, Vally, Wally and Willy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Molly.

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