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Molly

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162k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
183
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Molly

"Molly" is a name of English origin, and it means "Of the Sea or Bitter". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mol"ly
Same as Mollemoke.
noun Mol"ly
A pet or colloquial name for Mary.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Popular aquarium fish
Wiktionary

From Moll, diminutive lambdacism of Mary + -y.

  1. A diminutive of Mary or, less often, .
  2. A female given name.
  3. (Canada, US) The crystalline or powdered form of MDMA.
  4. (historical) A Molly Maguire.

Molly was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

Notable Persons Named Molly

Molly Ringwald is an actress, singer, dancer, and writer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1977 to present. Molly was given the name Molly Kathleen Ringwald on February 18th, 1968 in Roseville, California, United States.

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Molly Parker is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to 1991. Molly was born on June 30th, 1972 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

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Molly Ephraim is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to present. Molly was born on May 22nd, 1986 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Molly Qerim is a sports commentator and sports anchor. Molly was born on March 31st, 1985 in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Molly Shannon is a comedian. Molly was given the name Molly Helen Shannon on September 16th, 1964 in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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Molly Quinn is an actress and voice actress. She was most prominent from 2006 to present. Molly was given the name Molly Caitlyn Quinn on October 8th, 1993 in Texarkana, Texas, U.S. Molly is also known as Molly C. Quinn, Quinn, and Molly Caitlyn.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Molly

Molly is a comics character.

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Boban and Molly is a comics character.

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Milly Scott is a pop music singing. Milly was given the name Marion Henriette Louise Molly on December 29th, 1933.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 18 18 0
1881 33 33 0
1882 30 30 0
1883 30 30 0
1884 32 32 0
1885 30 30 0
1886 29 29 0
1887 32 32 0
1888 37 37 0
1889 35 35 0
1890 46 46 0
1891 33 33 0
1892 51 51 0
1893 58 58 0
1894 36 36 0
1895 45 45 0
1896 49 49 0
1897 50 50 0
1898 39 39 0
1899 47 47 0
1900 67 67 0
1901 55 55 0
1902 54 54 0
1903 75 75 0
1904 72 72 0
1905 71 71 0
1906 86 86 0
1907 113 113 0
1908 101 101 0
1909 109 109 0
1910 145 145 0
1911 129 129 0
1912 197 197 0
1913 197 197 0
1914 247 247 0
1915 325 325 0
1916 333 333 0
1917 310 310 0
1918 306 306 0
1919 258 258 0
1920 246 246 0
1921 302 302 0
1922 277 277 0
1923 293 293 0
1924 290 290 0
1925 241 241 0
1926 255 255 0
1927 258 258 0
1928 314 314 0
1929 320 320 0
1930 342 342 0
1931 300 300 0
1932 314 314 0
1933 272 272 0
1934 292 292 0
1935 301 301 0
1936 316 316 0
1937 306 306 0
1938 328 328 0
1939 348 348 0
1940 346 346 0
1941 339 339 0
1942 375 375 0
1943 386 386 0
1944 366 366 0
1945 333 333 0
1946 415 415 0
1947 484 484 0
1948 562 562 0
1949 556 556 0
1950 565 565 0
1951 611 611 0
1952 618 618 0
1953 582 582 0
1954 599 599 0
1955 623 623 0
1956 654 654 0
1957 699 699 0
1958 746 746 0
1959 762 762 0
1960 730 730 0
1961 781 781 0
1962 820 820 0
1963 860 860 0
1964 1,008 1,008 0
1965 1,062 1,062 0
1966 984 984 0
1967 1,015 1,015 0
1968 1,021 1,021 0
1969 1,093 1,093 0
1970 1,193 1,193 0
1971 1,186 1,186 0
1972 1,241 1,235 6
1973 1,336 1,329 7
1974 1,485 1,480 5
1975 1,554 1,548 6
1976 1,741 1,732 9
1977 2,079 2,068 11
1978 1,942 1,933 9
1979 2,031 2,023 8
1980 2,213 2,202 11
1981 2,101 2,090 11
1982 2,337 2,317 20
1983 2,323 2,310 13
1984 2,193 2,178 15
1985 2,439 2,431 8
1986 2,560 2,550 10
1987 2,900 2,889 11 #97 girl name
1988 3,479 3,460 19 #86 girl name
1989 3,490 3,457 33 #93 girl name
1990 3,973 3,964 9 #80 girl name
1991 4,662 4,651 11 #74 girl name
1992 4,145 4,136 9 #83 girl name
1993 3,712 3,707 5 #87 girl name
1994 3,446 3,440 6 #95 girl name
1995 3,382 3,382 0 #98 girl name
1996 3,317 3,311 6 #99 girl name
1997 3,448 3,448 0 #98 girl name
1998 3,196 3,190 6
1999 3,333 3,324 9
2000 3,406 3,399 7 #95 girl name
2001 3,413 3,413 0 #90 girl name
2002 3,119 3,119 0
2003 3,403 3,403 0 #99 girl name
2004 3,370 3,342 28 #97 girl name
2005 3,221 3,214 7 #97 girl name
2006 3,131 3,125 6
2007 3,419 3,413 6 #97 girl name
2008 3,326 3,321 5
2009 3,505 3,505 0 #92 girl name
2010 3,366 3,359 7 #87 girl name
2011 3,621 3,614 7 #78 girl name
2012 3,264 3,255 9 #90 girl name
2013 3,079 3,079 0
2014 2,604 2,599 5
2015 2,249 2,249 0
2016 1,977 1,977 0

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Popularity of Molly as a first name

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Popularity of Molly as a last name

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Common last names for Molly

  • Cohen
  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • White
  • Goldberg
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • Friedman
  • Katz
  • Williams
  • Martin
  • Levine
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Molly U.S.
  White 75.41% 64.26%
  African American 14.75% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.20% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Molly

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

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Fun Facts about the name Molly

  • How Popular is the name Molly? Molly is the 437th most popular name of all time. As a last name Molly was the 98,982nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Molly have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 161,830 babies born with the first name Molly in the United States. That's more than enough people named Molly to occupy the territory of Guam (USA) with an estimated population of 159,358 (as of April 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Molly? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 18 new born babies.
  • When was Molly first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Molly is Friday, March 5th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Molly born? The highest recorded use of the first name Molly was in 1991 with a total of 4,651 babies. That's a lot of babies named Molly!
  • Random Molly Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Molly ranks 93rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 11 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Molly: Your name in reverse order is Yllom. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lmoyl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Molly? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 183 people with the last name Molly.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Molly? Molly is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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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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