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What does Polly mean?

Polly Pronunciation of Polly as a girls' name is pronounced PAH-lee. It is of English and Irish origin, and the meaning of Polly is "star of the sea". Variant of Molly; nickname of Mary. Actress Polly Bergen. Also form of Paula.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, star, sea


VARIANTS Poll, Pollee, Polley, Polli, Pollie, Pollyanna

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA MARY, MOLLY Moll, Mollee, Molley, Molli, Mollie, Molly

(female) Pialy, ..

(male) Polle, ..

Polly Jordynn (P.J.), ..

How popular is Polly?

Polly is a very prominent first name for women (#582 out of 4276, Top 14%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#11910 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Polly was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its top rank of #281 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular alternative forms of Polly listed in the Top 2000 are Mary (#126 A YEAR AGO), Molly (#158), Paula (#793), Mollie (#1125) and Pollie. Usage of these forms of Polly was common during the years 1940-1949 (AVERAGE #549) and has become much diminished since (#1033, 94%), with versions like Polly going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Polly, Mary, Mollie, Molly, Paula, Pollie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Polly is alike in pronunciation to Pali, Paola, Pauli, Paulla, Pauly, Pelia, Pella, Pola and Poli. Other suggested similar-sounding 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, Mally, Melly, Milly, Nelly, Philly, Poppy, Posey, Posy, Sally, Tally, Tilly, Tully, Vally, Wally and Willy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Polly.

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