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What does Sally mean?

Sally Pronunciation of Sally 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)


VARIANTS Sal, Salcia, Saletta, Sallee, Salletta, Sallette, Salley, Sallianne, Sallie, Sallyann


RELATED FORMS VIA SARAH Sadee, Sadella, Sadelle, Sadie, Sadye, Saira, Salli, Sara, Sarai, Saralyn, Saran, Sarely, Sarha, Sari, Saria, Sarie, Sarka, Sarra, Sarrey, Sasa

(female) Sily, ..

(male) Salie, ..

Sally Moira (S.M.), ..

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 #1211 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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?

Popular variation forms of Sally (#1211 FROM RECENT DATA) are Sarah (#67), Sadie (#87), Sara (#173), Sarai (#408), Sadye, Saira, Sallie, Sallyann and Sari. Other forms, like Sadella, are uncommon. These forms of Sally were popular as baby names a century ago (ADOPTION OF 2.1%) and have become significantly less common since (ADOPTION 0.6%, 73%), with versions like Sally going out of style. Sarai is the most chic girl name 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 sound-alike 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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