• 201k Holly

Holly

First Name
201k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
9k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys
First
Last
On This Page
Top Celebrities That Influenced Baby Names
Can you guess who ranks #1? Click each list to find out

How to Pronounce Holly

  • Automated Male (English)
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • Automated Female (English)
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from Australia
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from United Kingdom
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from United Kingdom
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from Ireland
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from Australia
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
How difficult is it to pronounce Holly?

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Holly mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Holly

"Holly" is a name of English origin, and it means "Plant With Red Berries". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adverb Hol"ly
Wholly.
noun Hol"ly
Senses
  1. [Bot] A tree or shrub of the genus Ilex. The European species (Ilex Aquifolium) is best known, having glossy green leaves, with a spiny, waved edge, and bearing berries that turn red or yellow about Michaelmas.
  2. [Bot] The holm oak. See 1st Holm.

Note: ☞ The holly is much used to adorn churches and houses, at Christmas time, and hence is associated with scenes of good will and rejoicing. It is an evergreen tree, and has a finegrained, heavy, white wood. Its bark is used as a febrifuge, and the berries are violently purgative and emetic. The American holly is the Ilex opaca, and is found along the coast of the United States, from Maine southward.

Etymology: OE holi holin, AS. holen holegn; akin to D. & G. hulst, OHG. huls hulis, W. celyn, Armor. kelen, Gael. cuilionn, Ir. cuileann. Cf. 1st Holm Hulver

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States rock star (1936-1959)
  2. Any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges
Wiktionary

Various origins: locational surname (Old English hol leah); short form of Holiday; after the holly tree. As a feminine given name popularized by Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's (especially the 1961 film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn).

  1. A female given name.
  2. A topographic surname​.
  3. (rare) A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Holly

Holly was born on October 17th, 1981 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States.

Popularity:

Holly Robinson Peete is an actress, model, singer, presenter, and actor. Her ongoing career started in 1969. Holly was given the name Holly Elizabeth Robinson on September 18th, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Popularity:

Holly Hunter is an actress and producer. Her ongoing career started in 1981. Holly was given the name Holly P. Hunter on March 20th, 1958 in Conyers, Georgia, U.S. Holly is also known as Hunter and Holly P..

Popularity:

Michelle Phillips is a folk music and pop music singing, songwriter, and actor. She plays Vocals. She was most active from 1965 to present. Michelle was given the name Holly Michelle Gilliam on June 4th, 1944 in Long Beach, California, U.S.

Popularity:

Holly Marie Combs is an actress and television producer. She was most prominent from 1985 to present. Holly was born on December 3rd, 1973 in San Diego, California, U.S.

Popularity:

Holly Madison is a television personality, model, author, celebrity, and model (people). She was most active from 1998 to present. Holly was given the name Holly Sue Cullen on December 23rd, 1979 in Astoria, Oregon, U.S.

Popularity:

Notable Persons With the Last Name Holly

Buddy Holly was a rock, roll, rockabilly, and pop music musician. He plays Fender Stratocaster. He was most active from 1955 to 1959. Buddy was given the name Charles Hardin Holley on September 7th, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas, U.S. He passed away on February 3rd, 1959.

Popularity:

Lauren Holly is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1983 to 1983. Lauren was given the name Lauren Michael Holly on October 28th, 1963 in United States.

Popularity:

Molly Holly is a wrestler. Molly was born on September 7th, 1977 in Forest Lake, Minnesota.

Popularity:

María was given the name Maria Elena Santiago on December 20th, 1932 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Popularity:

Hardcore Holly is a wrestler. Hardcore was born on January 29th, 1963 in Glendale, California.

Popularity:

Crash Holly was a wrestler. Crash was born on August 25th, 1971 in Anaheim, California, US. He passed away on November 6th, 2003.

Popularity:

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

Click Here to Show Chart Data
Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 5 0 5
1885 6 0 6
1888 8 0 8
1892 6 0 6
1893 8 8 0
1894 8 0 8
1896 11 5 6
1897 7 7 0
1898 5 5 0
1899 5 5 0
1900 8 0 8
1904 6 6 0
1905 5 0 5
1906 10 10 0
1907 9 9 0
1908 17 10 7
1909 6 0 6
1910 7 7 0
1911 15 9 6
1912 20 9 11
1913 27 11 16
1914 33 15 18
1915 34 18 16
1916 34 18 16
1917 41 20 21
1918 46 14 32
1919 29 12 17
1920 42 18 24
1921 38 15 23
1922 40 22 18
1923 42 17 25
1924 46 18 28
1925 42 18 24
1926 37 20 17
1927 46 25 21
1928 38 24 14
1929 42 22 20
1930 47 25 22
1931 38 28 10
1932 52 32 20
1933 42 25 17
1934 44 28 16
1935 54 44 10
1936 61 49 12
1937 62 48 14
1938 78 66 12
1939 88 70 18
1940 89 74 15
1941 151 134 17
1942 243 230 13
1943 336 318 18
1944 317 305 12
1945 395 382 13
1946 530 509 21
1947 730 708 22
1948 692 673 19
1949 643 631 12
1950 852 834 18
1951 1,087 1,069 18
1952 1,334 1,317 17
1953 1,579 1,564 15
1954 2,107 2,093 14
1955 2,518 2,503 15
1956 2,350 2,325 25
1957 2,412 2,394 18
1958 2,263 2,244 19
1959 2,310 2,291 19
1960 2,595 2,579 16
1961 2,585 2,574 11
1962 2,935 2,924 11
1963 3,150 3,136 14
1964 3,498 3,479 19
1965 3,371 3,357 14
1966 3,412 3,397 15 #101 girl name
1967 3,175 3,153 22
1968 3,438 3,420 18
1969 4,140 4,127 13 #87 girl name
1970 4,954 4,941 13 #74 girl name
1971 4,766 4,747 19 #76 girl name
1972 4,396 4,376 20 #71 girl name
1973 5,140 5,115 25 #54 girl name
1974 5,164 5,142 22 #56 girl name
1975 5,058 5,048 10 #55 girl name
1976 5,197 5,176 21 #56 girl name
1977 5,482 5,463 19 #52 girl name
1978 4,996 4,973 23 #55 girl name
1979 5,509 5,489 20 #48 girl name
1980 5,309 5,285 24 #52 girl name
1981 4,594 4,565 29 #63 girl name
1982 4,699 4,682 17 #61 girl name
1983 6,416 6,388 28 #48 girl name
1984 5,943 5,926 17 #53 girl name
1985 5,628 5,603 25 #56 girl name
1986 4,865 4,836 29 #63 girl name
1987 4,274 4,257 17 #71 girl name
1988 4,233 4,216 17 #72 girl name
1989 3,914 3,895 19 #79 girl name
1990 3,776 3,771 5 #89 girl name
1991 3,296 3,289 7
1992 3,355 3,347 8 #99 girl name
1993 3,037 3,032 5
1994 2,931 2,923 8
1995 2,545 2,545 0
1996 2,437 2,437 0
1997 2,061 2,056 5
1998 1,925 1,920 5
1999 1,749 1,749 0
2000 1,690 1,690 0
2001 1,461 1,461 0
2002 1,362 1,362 0
2003 1,225 1,225 0
2004 1,126 1,118 8
2005 1,040 1,040 0
2006 955 955 0
2007 976 976 0
2008 906 906 0
2009 857 857 0
2010 772 772 0
2011 734 734 0
2012 740 740 0
2013 682 682 0
2014 712 712 0
2015 653 653 0
2016 585 585 0

Explain the Trends

Do you know what increased the popularity of Holly or caused it to decline? Let us know below

Where is the name Holly popular?

View popular names by state or region.

Popularity of Holly as a first name

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Holly as a first name in each of the states. See other popular names in New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine.

Popularity of Holly as a last name

The map shows the absolute popularity of the name Holly as a last name in each of the states. See other popular names in New York, California, or Illinois.

Common last names for Holly

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • White
  • Clark
  • Martin
  • Harris
  • Moore
  • Davis
  • Nelson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Holly U.S.
  White 66.33% 64.26%
  African American 27.73% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.88% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.95% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.57% 16.26%

Of Last Name Holly

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

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Holly

  • How Popular is the name Holly? Holly is the 366th most popular name of all time. As a last name Holly was the 3,979th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Holly have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 200,757 babies born with the first name Holly in the United States. That's more than enough people named Holly to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Holly? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Holly first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Holly is Thursday, September 12th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Holly born? The highest recorded use of the first name Holly was in 1983 with a total of 6,388 babies. That's a lot of babies named Holly!
  • Random Holly Factoid: According to the 1981 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Holly ranks 50th in popularity as a baby girl's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 24 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1981.
  • Weird things about the name Holly: Your name in reverse order is Ylloh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hloly. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Holly? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,934 people with the last name Holly.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Holly? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Holly as their last name.

What Hollys Have Visited This Page?

Name poster for Holly

Name poster for Holly(click to save the high quality version)

Most Popular Names

All Name Lists

  • 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.