• 101 Holy
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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ho"ly
  1. Set apart to the service or worship of God; hallowed; sacred; reserved from profane or common use; holy vessels; a holy priesthood." Holyrites and solemn feasts." [Milton.]
  2. Spiritually whole or sound; of unimpaired innocence and virtue; free from sinful affections; pure in heart; godly; pious; irreproachable; guiltless; acceptable to God."Now through her round of holy thought The Church our annual steps has brought." [Keble.]

Etymology: OE. holi hali, AS. hālig, fr. hæl health, salvation, happiness, fr. hāl whole, well; akin to OS. h�lag, D. & G. heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr. See Whole, and cf. Halibut Halidom Hallow Hollyhock

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  1. A sacred place of pilgrimage
  2. Belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power

Notable Persons Named Holy

Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Olga was a saint. Holy was born in 890. She breathed her last breath on July 11th, 0969.


Holy Other is an electronic music musician. Their ongoing career started in 2010.


Holy Child of La Guardia was a saint. He passed away in 1491.


She holds the title Child Saint. Holy was born in 300. She passed away in 309.


Holy Keane Amooti is a musician. Holy was born on July 7th, 1986 in Uganda. Holy is also known as Mugisa.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Holy

Steve Holy is a country music singing. He plays Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 1999. Steve was born on February 23rd, 1972.


Antonín Holý was a in the field of chemist. Antonín was born on September 1st, 1936 in Prague. He breathed his last breath on July 16th, 2012.


Tomáš Holý is a soccer player for the FC Fastav Zlín, AC Sparta Prague, FC Hradec Králové, FC Graffin Vlašim, FK Viktoria Žižkov, Czech Republic national under-17 football team, and Czech Republic national under-18 football team. Tomáš was born on December 10th, 1991 in Rychnov nad Kněžnou.


Mirela Holy is a Minister of Environmental, Nature Protection, Ministry of Environmental, and Nature Protection (Croatia). Mirela was born on December 15th, 1971 in Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia.


Ladislav was born in 1933. He passed away in 1997.


His military service ended in 1978. Jeff was born on October 25th, 1955 in Minneapolis.


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Popularity of Holy as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Holy U.S.
  White 90.71% 64.26%
  African American 2.53% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.93% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.97% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.72% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.14% 16.26%

Of Last Name Holy

People with the last name Holy are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Holy

  • How Popular is the name Holy? Holy is the 36,423rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Holy was the 28,729th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Holy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 101 babies born with the first name Holy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Holy to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Holy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1975 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Holy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Holy is Saturday, July 9th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Holy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Holy was in 2014 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Holy: Your name in reverse order is Yloh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hoyl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Holy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 829 people with the last name Holy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Holy? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Holy as their last name since less than 1 person in 357k 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).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.