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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ally

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  • A submission from New York, United States says the name Ally means "Light,noble, beautiful" and is of German origin.
Other origins: Arabic

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Al*ly"
  1. To unite, or form a connection between, as between families by marriage, or between princes and states by treaty, league, or confederacy; -- often followed by to or with."O chief! in blood, and now in arms allied." [Pope.]
  2. To connect or form a relation between by similitude, resemblance, friendship, or love."These three did love each other dearly well, And with so firm affection were allied." [Spenser.]"The virtue nearest to our vice allied." [Pope.]

Note: Ally is generally used in the passive form or reflexively.

Etymology: OE. alien, OF. alier, F. alier, fr. L. alligare to bind to; ad + ligare to bind. Cf. Alligate Alloy Allay Ligament

noun Al*ly"
  1. A relative; a kinsman.(Obs)
  2. One united to another by treaty or league; -- usually applied to sovereigns or states; a confederate."The English soldiers and their French allies." [Macaulay.]
  3. Anything associated with another as a helper; an auxiliary."Science, instead of being the enemy of religion, becomes its ally." [Buckle.]
  4. Anything akin to another by structure, etc.

Etymology: See Ally (v.)

noun Al"ly
See Alley, a marble or taw.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A friendly nation
  2. An associate who provides cooperation or assistance ("he's a good ally in fight")
  3. Become an ally or associate, as by a treaty or marriage
  1. A diminutive of the female given names Alison, Alice and Alexandra.
  2. A diminutive of the male given name Alfred or of other names beginning with Al-.

Notable Persons Named Ally

Ally Sheedy is an actress and author. Her ongoing career started in 1975. Ally was given the name Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy on June 13th, 1962 in New York City, New York, United States.


Ally Walker is an actress. She has been prominent since 1988. Ally was given the name Allene Damian Walker on August 25th, 1961 in Tullahoma, Tennessee, U.S.


Ally McCoist (MBE) is a soccer player for the St Johnstone F.C., Sunderland A.F.C., Rangers F.C., Kilmarnock F.C., Scotland national under-19 football team, Scotland national under-21 football team, and Scotland national football team. Ally was born on September 24th, 1962 in Bellshill, Scotland.


Ally Maki is an actress. She was most prominent from 2002 to present. Ally is also known as Ally Matsumura, Matsumura, and Ally.


Ally Ioannides is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2009 to present. Ally was given the name Alexia Ioannides in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Ally is also known as Alexia Ioannides and Alexia "Ally" Ioannides.


Ally Fowler is an actress and singer. She has had major accomplishments since 1982. Ally was given the name Alexandra Fowler on December 6th, 1961. Ally is also known as Ally Fowler.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Ally


Bradley was born on December 11th, 1986 in Barbados. Bradley is also known as Ally, Bradley Kevin; Ally, and Bradly K..


Juma Nature is a hip hop music musician. He has had major accomplishments since 2001. Juma was given the name Juma Kassim Ally .


Tony Ally is an athlete. Tony was born on August 17th, 1973 in Luton, England.


Carl was born on March 31st, 1924. He died on February 15th, 1999.


How popular is the baby name Ally in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1985 13 13 0
1986 26 26 0
1987 44 44 0
1988 40 40 0
1989 55 55 0
1990 62 62 0
1991 43 43 0
1992 61 61 0
1993 73 73 0
1994 60 60 0
1995 73 73 0
1996 84 79 5
1997 184 184 0
1998 636 636 0
1999 540 540 0
2000 418 418 0
2001 383 383 0
2002 444 444 0
2003 393 393 0
2004 473 473 0
2005 424 424 0
2006 456 456 0
2007 423 418 5
2008 383 383 0
2009 348 348 0
2010 417 417 0
2011 419 419 0
2012 497 497 0
2013 458 458 0
2014 378 378 0
2015 319 319 0
2016 272 272 0
2017 213 213 0

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Popularity of Ally as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ally U.S.
  White 26.74% 64.26%
  African American 22.81% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 39.93% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.39% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.02% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.11% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ally

People with the last name Ally are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Ally

  • How Popular is the name Ally? Ally is the 2,654th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ally was the 17,142nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ally have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,112 babies born with the first name Ally in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ally to occupy the country of Saint Barth with an estimated population of 8,902 (as of January 1, 2009).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ally? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1985 when it was given as a first name to 13 new born babies.
  • When was Ally first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ally is Sunday, May 6th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Ally born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ally was in 1998 with a total of 636 babies.
  • Random Ally Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ally is not a popular baby girl's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, only 5 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Ally: Your name in reverse order is Ylla. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Alyl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ally? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,653 people with the last name Ally.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ally? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ally as their last name since less than 1 person in 179k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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