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Polly

First Name
29k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
3k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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Origin and Meaning of Polly

"Polly" is a name of English origin, and it means "Great Sorrow". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pol"ly
A woman's name; also, a popular name for a parrot.
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name, nickname for Mary created by rhyming with Molly.
  2. A common name for a pet parrot.

Notable Persons With the Name Polly

PJ Harvey is an alternative rock, punk blues, art rock, and experimental rock musician. She plays Voice, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, autoharp, saxophone, violin, cello, harmonica, drums, percussion, Gretsch, Gibson Firebird, and Airline (guitar). She holds the title Dress, Water", Rid of Me", 50 ft. Queenie", To Bring You My Love", and Good Fortune". Her most notable accomplishments were from 1988 to present. PJ was given the name Polly Jean Harvey on October 9th, 1969 in Bridport, Dorset, England.

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Polly Klaas was a student. Polly was given the name Polly Hannah Klaas on January 3rd, 1981 in Fairfax, California. She died on October 1st, 1993.

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Polly James is an important individual. She was most active from 1966 to 1966. Polly was born on July 8th, 1941 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England.

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Polly Walker is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1989. Polly was given the name Polly Alexandra Walker on May 19th, 1966 in Warrington.

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Polly Holliday is an actress and actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1973 to 2010. Polly was given the name Polly Dean Holliday on July 2nd, 1937 in Jasper, Alabama, U.S.

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Polly Bergen was an actress, singer, writer, and entrepreneur. She was most active from 1949 to 2012. Polly was given the name Nellie Paulina Burgin on July 14th, 1930 in Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S. She died on September 20th, 2014.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Polly

Elizabeth Polly is an important person.

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Matthew Polly is an influential individual.

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Nick Polly was a baseball player. Nick was born on April 18th, 1917 in Chicago. He died on January 17th, 1993.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 41 41 0
1881 48 48 0
1882 41 41 0
1883 33 33 0
1884 48 48 0
1885 43 43 0
1886 58 58 0
1887 48 48 0
1888 60 60 0
1889 56 56 0
1890 57 57 0
1891 58 58 0
1892 65 65 0
1893 61 61 0
1894 78 78 0
1895 76 76 0
1896 68 68 0
1897 66 66 0
1898 75 75 0
1899 57 57 0
1900 78 78 0
1901 62 62 0
1902 62 62 0
1903 73 73 0
1904 80 80 0
1905 71 71 0
1906 85 85 0
1907 77 77 0
1908 83 83 0
1909 82 82 0
1910 110 110 0
1911 91 91 0
1912 145 145 0
1913 138 138 0
1914 164 164 0
1915 209 209 0
1916 254 254 0
1917 267 267 0
1918 297 292 5
1919 249 249 0
1920 289 289 0
1921 285 285 0
1922 324 324 0
1923 312 312 0
1924 348 340 8
1925 320 320 0
1926 338 338 0
1927 331 331 0
1928 390 390 0
1929 394 394 0
1930 378 373 5
1931 385 379 6
1932 416 416 0
1933 372 372 0
1934 436 436 0
1935 377 377 0
1936 369 369 0
1937 373 373 0
1938 351 351 0
1939 418 418 0
1940 416 416 0
1941 435 435 0
1942 413 413 0
1943 427 427 0
1944 416 416 0
1945 398 398 0
1946 452 452 0
1947 443 443 0
1948 427 427 0
1949 473 473 0
1950 463 463 0
1951 472 472 0
1952 433 433 0
1953 517 517 0
1954 491 491 0
1955 588 588 0
1956 552 552 0
1957 509 509 0
1958 538 538 0
1959 506 506 0
1960 612 612 0
1961 658 658 0
1962 565 565 0
1963 573 573 0
1964 688 688 0
1965 446 446 0
1966 421 421 0
1967 399 399 0
1968 371 371 0
1969 296 296 0
1970 297 297 0
1971 307 307 0
1972 237 237 0
1973 220 220 0
1974 212 212 0
1975 155 155 0
1976 125 125 0
1977 188 188 0
1978 112 112 0
1979 113 113 0
1980 107 107 0
1981 79 79 0
1982 82 82 0
1983 62 62 0
1984 66 66 0
1985 65 65 0
1986 55 55 0
1987 60 60 0
1988 43 43 0
1989 65 65 0
1990 55 55 0
1991 62 62 0
1992 50 50 0
1993 33 33 0
1994 49 49 0
1995 38 38 0
1996 38 38 0
1997 37 37 0
1998 34 34 0
1999 21 21 0
2000 24 24 0
2001 29 29 0
2002 19 19 0
2003 25 25 0
2004 27 27 0
2005 42 42 0
2006 42 42 0
2007 33 33 0
2008 35 35 0
2009 36 36 0
2010 35 35 0
2011 44 44 0
2012 44 44 0
2013 43 43 0
2014 51 51 0
2015 50 50 0

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Popularity of Polly as a first name

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Popularity of Polly as a last name

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Common last names for Polly

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • Lewis
  • Walker
  • Clark
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Hill

Common first names for Polly

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Polly U.S.
  White 86.97% 64.26%
  African American 8.02% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.22% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.84% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.53% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Polly

People with the last name Polly are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Polly

  • How Popular is the name Polly? Polly is the 1,375th most popular name of all time. As a last name Polly was the 11,946th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Polly have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 29,064 babies born with the first name Polly in the United States. That's more than enough people named Polly to occupy the territory of Aland Islands (Finland) with an estimated population of 28,355 (as of December 31, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Polly? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 41 new born babies.
  • When was Polly first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Polly is Tuesday, August 10th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Polly born? The highest recorded use of the first name Polly was in 1964 with a total of 688 babies.
  • Random Polly Factoid: According to the 1968 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Polly is not a popular baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1968.
  • Weird things about the name Polly: Your name in reverse order is Yllop. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lyopl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Polly? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,617 people with the last name Polly.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Polly? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Polly as their last name since less than 1 person in 112k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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What does the name Polly mean?

Pis for please, the way you always do.

Ois for observant, nothing gets by you!

Lis for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

Lis for lucky, who is more?

Yis for young, the years never show!

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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)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.