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Meaning of Holly

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The name Holly has the following meaning:

A botanical name which first appeared as a first name in the 20th century and became highly sought-after in the 1960s. Naturally, December is the time of the year when the name is most intensively used.
It is a female name, suitable for baby girls.


As a baby girl name, Holly is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 256 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Holly fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 16 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 380 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Holly in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics


The name Holly is pronounced as hall-lee


Holly originates from the Old English language.

See other suggested Old English girl baby names.

Related names

The following names are baby names related to Holly and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Holly: Boys - Girls - Blossom, Brenda, Chelsea, Daisy, Eartha, Eda, Gilda, Hayley, Hope, Both genders - Ashley, Beverly, Courtney, Edith, Hazel, Ivy


Popular Variants for the name Holly: Holeena, Holle, Hollei, Hollie (English), Hollyanne, Hollye


We think the name Holly should fall under the following style category: Everlasting.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Holly to be: A cheerful, vivacious girl who is bright and pretty

In one word, you might describe Holly as a(n) "vivacious" person.

See other "vivacious" names for girls.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Holly (or its variants) are:

Holly Rachel Vukadinovi?, born on 11 May, a famous singer. Holly Rachel Vukadinovi?'s background: Better known as Holly Valance, she is an Australian actress and singer. She is well-known for her first single 'Kiss Kiss', a cover of a Turkish singer, Tarkan's song. She was also presented with the British GQ Award for Woman of the Year in 2002.
Hannah (4)
Hope (168)
Heather (195)
Hayley (211)
Hanna (215)
Holly (256)
Heaven (276)
Helen (354)
Halle (402)
Harmony (530)
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