Dolly

First Name
20k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
2k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Dolly

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dol"ly
Senses
  1. [Mining] A contrivance, turning on a vertical axis by a handle or winch, and giving a circular motion to the ore to be washed; a stirrer.
  2. [Mach] A tool with an indented head for shaping the head of a rivet.
  3. In pile driving, a block interposed between the head of the pile and the ram of the driver.
  4. A small truck with a single wide roller used for moving heavy beams, columns, etc., in bridge building.
  5. A compact, narrow-gauge locomotive used for moving construction trains, switching, etc.
noun Dol"ly
A child's mane for a doll.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A small replica of a person; used as a toy
  2. Conveyance consisting of a wheeled platform for moving heavy objects
  3. Conveyance consisting of a wheeled support on which a camera can be mounted
Wiktionary
  1. A contrivance, turning on a vertical axis by a handle or winch, and giving a circular motion to the ore to be washed; a stirrer.
  2. A tool with an indented head for shaping the head of a rivet.
  3. In pile driving, a block interposed between the head of the pile and the ram of the driver.
  4. A small truck with a single wide roller used for moving heavy beams, columns, etc., in bridge building.
  5. A compact, narrow-gauge locomotive used for moving construction trains, switching, etc.
  6. (film) A specialized piece of film equipment resembling a little cart on which a camera is mounted.
  7. (childish, colloquial) A doll.
  8. (slang) A young woman, especially one who is frivolous or vapid.
  9. (cricket) A ball hit by a batsman such that it goes gently to a fielder for a simple catch.

Notable Persons Named Dolly

Dolly Parton is a country music, country pop, pop music, bluegrass music, and gospel music musician. She has had major accomplishments since 1955. Dolly was given the name Dolly Rebecca Parton on January 19th, 1946 in Sevier County, Tennessee, United States.

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Dolly Read is a playboy playmate. Dolly was born on September 13th, 1944 in Bristol.

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Dolly Wells is an actor and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1997. Dolly was born on December 5th, 1971 in London, England.

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Dolly Bindra is a film actress and comedian. Dolly was born on January 20th, 1970 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

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Dolly Minhas is a model (people), actor, model, and actress. Dolly was born Dolly Minhas on February 8th, 1968 in Chandigarh.

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Dolly Pentreath was a saleswoman; fortune teller. Dolly was given the name Dorothy Pentreath in 1692 in Cornwall. Dolly is also known as Dolly Jeffrey. She passed away on December 26th, 1777.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dolly

Rose Dolly was a dancer and actress. They were most prominent from 1907 to 1929. Rose was given the name Rozsika Deutsch on October 24th, 1892 in Balassagyarmat, Hungary. Rose is also known as Jennie Dolly and Yansci Dolly. They left this life on February 1st, 1970.

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Keagan Dolly is a soccer player for the Mamelodi Sundowns F.C., Ajax Cape Town F.C., and South Africa national football team. Keagan was born on January 22nd, 1993 in Johannesburg.

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Dick was born on December 12th, 1917 in Onego, West Virginia. He left this life on May 30th, 1959.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 21 21 0
1881 33 33 0
1882 36 36 0
1883 24 24 0
1884 36 36 0
1885 44 44 0
1886 54 54 0
1887 32 32 0
1888 60 60 0
1889 62 62 0
1890 57 57 0
1891 46 46 0
1892 51 51 0
1893 49 49 0
1894 60 60 0
1895 70 70 0
1896 63 63 0
1897 62 62 0
1898 72 72 0
1899 70 70 0
1900 94 94 0
1901 80 80 0
1902 85 85 0
1903 92 92 0
1904 102 102 0
1905 102 102 0
1906 96 96 0
1907 103 103 0
1908 124 124 0
1909 108 108 0
1910 133 133 0
1911 138 138 0
1912 188 188 0
1913 183 183 0
1914 202 202 0
1915 287 287 0
1916 307 302 5
1917 287 287 0
1918 354 354 0
1919 341 341 0
1920 348 348 0
1921 354 354 0
1922 350 350 0
1923 349 349 0
1924 357 352 5
1925 388 388 0
1926 395 395 0
1927 350 350 0
1928 395 390 5
1929 393 387 6
1930 392 387 5
1931 357 357 0
1932 364 364 0
1933 337 331 6
1934 334 327 7
1935 335 335 0
1936 329 329 0
1937 295 295 0
1938 232 232 0
1939 235 235 0
1940 271 271 0
1941 274 274 0
1942 250 250 0
1943 235 235 0
1944 243 243 0
1945 221 221 0
1946 262 262 0
1947 262 262 0
1948 267 267 0
1949 258 258 0
1950 263 263 0
1951 238 238 0
1952 273 273 0
1953 241 241 0
1954 248 248 0
1955 244 239 5
1956 248 248 0
1957 216 216 0
1958 243 243 0
1959 206 206 0
1960 184 184 0
1961 185 185 0
1962 162 162 0
1963 151 151 0
1964 171 171 0
1965 155 155 0
1966 135 135 0
1967 115 115 0
1968 113 113 0
1969 93 93 0
1970 115 115 0
1971 133 133 0
1972 105 105 0
1973 83 83 0
1974 89 89 0
1975 92 92 0
1976 82 82 0
1977 99 99 0
1978 75 75 0
1979 67 67 0
1980 71 71 0
1981 61 61 0
1982 61 61 0
1983 54 54 0
1984 49 49 0
1985 48 48 0
1986 54 54 0
1987 29 29 0
1988 60 60 0
1989 39 39 0
1990 41 41 0
1991 51 51 0
1992 33 33 0
1993 34 34 0
1994 38 38 0
1995 27 27 0
1996 29 29 0
1997 20 20 0
1998 23 23 0
1999 17 17 0
2000 17 17 0
2001 15 15 0
2002 16 16 0
2003 10 10 0
2004 15 15 0
2005 18 18 0
2006 19 19 0
2007 17 17 0
2008 18 18 0
2009 19 19 0
2010 26 26 0
2011 13 13 0
2012 20 20 0
2013 26 26 0
2014 23 23 0
2015 30 30 0
2016 42 42 0
2017 49 49 0

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Popularity of Dolly as a first name

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Popularity of Dolly as a last name

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Common last names for Dolly

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • White
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Harris
  • Anderson
  • Jackson
  • Clark
  • Thompson
  • Young
  • Thomas

Common first names for Dolly

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dolly U.S.
  White 78.35% 64.26%
  African American 15.56% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.97% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.38% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.29% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dolly

People with the last name Dolly are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Dolly

  • How Popular is the name Dolly? Dolly is the 1,686th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dolly was the 17,784th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dolly have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 19,896 babies born with the first name Dolly in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dolly to occupy the territory of Cook Islands (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 17,791 (as of December 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dolly? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 21 new born babies.
  • When was Dolly first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dolly is Tuesday, February 18th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Dolly born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dolly was in 1926 with a total of 395 babies.
  • Random Dolly Factoid: According to the 1930 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dolly ranks 13th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 6 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 1930.
  • Weird things about the name Dolly: Your name in reverse order is Yllod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Llydo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dolly? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,575 people with the last name Dolly.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dolly? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dolly as their last name since less than 1 person in 189k 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.