Hilary

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26k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
120
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Hilary

"Hilary" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Cheerful". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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From Latin Hilarius, name of a fourth-century saint, meaning cheerful, happy, and from its feminine form Hilaria.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Hilary

She was most prominent from 1993 to present. Hilary was given the name Hilary Erhard Duff on September 28th, 1987 in Houston, Texas, United States.

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Hilary Swank is an actress, producer, and actor. Her ongoing career started in 1990. Hilary was given the name Hilary Ann Swank on July 30th, 1974 in Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.

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Hilary Hahn is a classical music violinist and violin. She plays 1864 and Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. Hilary was born on November 27th, 1979 in Lexington, Virginia.

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Dame Hilary Mantel is a writer. Dame was given the name Hilary Mary Thompson on July 6th, 1952 in Glossop, Derbyshire, UK.

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Hilary Putnam is a philosopher. Hilary was born on July 31st, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Hilary Benn is a Member of Parliament, for Leeds Central, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities, Local Government, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food, Rural Affairs, Secretary of State for E. Hilary was born on November 26th, 1953 in Hammersmith.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Hilary

Saint Hilary was a saint. He holds the title Malleus Arianorum" and the "Athanasiusof the West;" Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church. Saint was born in 310 in Pictavium, Gaul. He breathed his last breath in 367.

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Lynn Hilary is a celtic, acoustic, adult contemporary, classical, celtic music, acoustic music, and adult contemporary music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Lynn was born on April 21st, 1982 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Hilary was a new wave music and synthpop singing, songwriter, and performing arts. She plays vocals, synthesizers, drum machines, Synthesizer, Drum machine, and Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1978 to 2007. Hilary was given the name Hilary Blake in 1950 in Los Angeles. Hilary is also known as Hilary Blake. She left this life in 2007.

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Ikenna Hilary is a soccer player for the MFK Skalica, Sunshine Stars F.C., A.D. Camacha, Valletta F.C., and Nigeria national football team. Ikenna was born on April 17th, 1991 in Nigeria.

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Gilles Hilary is a in the field of accounting.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 7 0 7
1883 6 0 6
1887 7 0 7
1891 8 0 8
1896 6 0 6
1897 5 0 5
1898 5 0 5
1902 8 0 8
1904 5 0 5
1905 6 0 6
1907 5 0 5
1908 5 0 5
1909 7 0 7
1910 8 0 8
1911 12 0 12
1912 22 0 22
1913 23 0 23
1914 29 5 24
1915 36 0 36
1916 40 0 40
1917 44 0 44
1918 53 6 47
1919 44 9 35
1920 48 6 42
1921 37 0 37
1922 38 0 38
1923 57 6 51
1924 58 5 53
1925 32 0 32
1926 54 9 45
1927 48 8 40
1928 42 0 42
1929 53 5 48
1930 44 8 36
1931 51 6 45
1932 39 9 30
1933 44 6 38
1934 33 0 33
1935 50 11 39
1936 37 9 28
1937 40 12 28
1938 28 8 20
1939 37 8 29
1940 41 12 29
1941 50 24 26
1942 61 36 25
1943 62 27 35
1944 61 33 28
1945 73 45 28
1946 58 38 20
1947 104 62 42
1948 102 61 41
1949 120 86 34
1950 135 109 26
1951 131 103 28
1952 127 100 27
1953 154 114 40
1954 151 116 35
1955 173 138 35
1956 198 162 36
1957 204 173 31
1958 163 128 35
1959 178 146 32
1960 183 164 19
1961 230 206 24
1962 215 200 15
1963 273 249 24
1964 274 257 17
1965 261 248 13
1966 269 253 16
1967 249 234 15
1968 264 253 11
1969 359 347 12
1970 380 355 25
1971 361 349 12
1972 350 333 17
1973 385 375 10
1974 439 426 13
1975 461 452 9
1976 448 437 11
1977 593 579 14
1978 773 762 11
1979 893 883 10
1980 757 741 16
1981 637 625 12
1982 607 601 6
1983 669 655 14
1984 887 877 10
1985 1,067 1,054 13
1986 921 909 12
1987 881 873 8
1988 980 975 5
1989 1,042 1,027 15
1990 1,224 1,216 8
1991 1,154 1,149 5
1992 1,176 1,170 6
1993 349 343 6
1994 145 145 0
1995 125 125 0
1996 123 123 0
1997 107 107 0
1998 92 92 0
1999 81 81 0
2000 87 87 0
2001 84 84 0
2002 96 96 0
2003 110 110 0
2004 196 196 0
2005 219 219 0
2006 218 218 0
2007 164 164 0
2008 100 100 0
2009 87 87 0
2010 80 80 0
2011 79 79 0
2012 75 75 0
2013 66 66 0
2014 60 60 0
2015 56 56 0
2016 26 26 0

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Popularity of Hilary as a first name

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Popularity of Hilary as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hilary U.S.
  White 71.67% 64.26%
  African American 19.17% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.17% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hilary

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

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Fun Facts about the name Hilary

  • How Popular is the name Hilary? Hilary is the 1,460th most popular name of all time. As a last name Hilary was the 139,228th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hilary have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 26,094 babies born with the first name Hilary in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hilary to occupy the territory of British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 24,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hilary? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Hilary first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hilary is Thursday, April 28th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Hilary born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hilary was in 1990 with a total of 1,216 babies. That's a lot of babies named Hilary!
  • Random Hilary Factoid: According to the 1979 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hilary ranks 81st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Maine. Imagine that, 17 babies in Maine have the same name as you in 1979.
  • Weird things about the name Hilary: Your name in reverse order is Yralih. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lraiyh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hilary? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 120 people with the last name Hilary.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hilary? Hilary is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • 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).
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