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Sally

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sally

"Sally" is a name of English origin, and it means "Diminutive form of Sarah". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Sal"ly
To leap or rush out; to burst forth; to issue suddenly; as a body of troops from a fortified place to attack besiegers; to make a sally.

Etymology: F. saillir, fr. L. salire to leap, spring, akin to Gr. "a`llesqai; cf. Skr. sṛ to go, to flow. Cf. Salient Assail Assault Exult Insult Saltation Saltire

noun Sal"ly
Senses
  1. A leaping forth; a darting; a spring.
  2. A rushing or bursting forth; a quick issue; a sudden eruption; specifically, an issuing of troops from a place besieged to attack the besiegers; a sortie." Sallies were made by the Spaniards, but they were beaten in with loss." [Bacon.]
  3. An excursion from the usual track; range; digression; deviation."Every one shall know a country better that makes often sallies into it, and traverses it up and down, than he that . . . goes still round in the same track." [Locke.]
  4. A flight of fancy, liveliness, wit, or the like; a flashing forth of a quick and active mind."The unaffected mirth with which she enjoyed his sallies." [Sir W. Scott.]
  5. Transgression of the limits of soberness or steadiness; act of levity; wild gayety; frolic; escapade."The excursion was esteemed but a sally of youth." [Sir H. Wotton.]

Etymology: F. saillie, fr. saillir. See Sally (v.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A venture off the beaten path ("a sally into the wide world beyond his home")
  2. A military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
  3. Witty remark
Wiktionary

A diminutive lambdacism of Sarah (compare Hal from Harry and Moll from Mary).

  1. A diminutive of the female given name Sarah, also used as a formal given name.
  2. (Britain) A nickname for the Salvation Army

Sally was also found in the following language(s): Danish and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Sally

Sally Yates is a United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, United States Deputy Attorney General, and United States Attorneyfor theNorthern District of Georgia. Sally was born on August 20th, 1960 in Atlanta.

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Sally Field is an actress and director. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1962 to present. Sally was given the name Sally Margaret Field by her parents Margaret Field and Jock Mahoney on November 6th, 1946 in Pasadena, California, U.S.

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Sally was given the name Sarah Hemings by her parents Betty Hemings and John Wayles in 1773 in Charles City County, Virginia.

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Sally Kristen Ride was a physicist. She holds the title Sally Ride. Sally was born Sally Kristen Ride on May 26th, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She died on July 23rd, 2012.

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Vanessa Marcil is an actress. She has been prominent since 1992. Vanessa was given the name Sally Vanessa Ortiz on October 15th, 1968 in Indio, California, U.S.

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Sally Struthers is an actress, spokesperson, and actor. She was most prominent from 1970 to present. Sally was given the name Sally Anne Struthers on July 28th, 1947 in Portland, Oregon, U.S.

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Paul Sally was a scientist. Paul was given the name Paul Joseph Sally, Jr. on January 29th, 1933 in Roslindale. He died on December 30th, 2013.

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Jerome Sally is a football player for the New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, and Kansas City Chiefs. His career lasted from 1982 to 1988. Jerome was born on February 24th, 1959 in Chicago.

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Long was born on December 5th, 1901. She died on August 12th, 1987.

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Judith was born on March 23rd, 1937.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 80 80 0
1881 79 79 0
1882 95 95 0
1883 73 73 0
1884 95 95 0
1885 107 107 0
1886 104 104 0
1887 112 112 0
1888 142 142 0
1889 123 123 0
1890 154 154 0
1891 115 115 0
1892 160 160 0
1893 134 134 0
1894 168 168 0
1895 162 162 0
1896 185 185 0
1897 206 206 0
1898 199 199 0
1899 185 185 0
1900 288 288 0
1901 214 214 0
1902 266 266 0
1903 288 288 0
1904 278 278 0
1905 303 303 0
1906 358 358 0
1907 387 387 0
1908 443 443 0
1909 470 470 0
1910 553 553 0
1911 535 535 0
1912 821 821 0
1913 888 879 9
1914 1,065 1,065 0
1915 1,127 1,121 6
1916 1,226 1,221 5
1917 1,038 1,029 9
1918 1,094 1,086 8
1919 991 991 0
1920 965 958 7
1921 891 891 0
1922 972 972 0
1923 1,004 999 5
1924 1,153 1,145 8
1925 1,316 1,309 7
1926 1,477 1,467 10
1927 1,640 1,630 10
1928 1,896 1,890 6
1929 2,221 2,213 8
1930 2,558 2,543 15 #97 girl name
1931 2,568 2,555 13 #97 girl name
1932 2,928 2,917 11 #84 girl name
1933 3,165 3,147 18 #76 girl name
1934 3,739 3,726 13 #62 girl name
1935 3,724 3,709 15 #58 girl name
1936 3,654 3,634 20 #59 girl name
1937 3,952 3,926 26 #59 girl name
1938 4,288 4,276 12 #54 girl name
1939 4,258 4,243 15 #52 girl name
1940 3,825 3,805 20 #61 girl name
1941 3,984 3,963 21 #61 girl name
1942 4,678 4,655 23 #56 girl name
1943 4,682 4,657 25 #57 girl name
1944 4,404 4,390 14 #59 girl name
1945 3,981 3,981 0 #64 girl name
1946 4,858 4,844 14 #67 girl name
1947 5,280 5,266 14 #70 girl name
1948 5,019 5,009 10 #72 girl name
1949 4,783 4,773 10 #77 girl name
1950 4,876 4,870 6 #78 girl name
1951 5,155 5,144 11 #77 girl name
1952 5,047 5,037 10 #81 girl name
1953 5,190 5,179 11 #81 girl name
1954 5,084 5,079 5 #84 girl name
1955 4,695 4,685 10 #95 girl name
1956 4,355 4,345 10
1957 4,009 3,997 12
1958 4,317 4,302 15
1959 4,074 4,065 9
1960 3,766 3,754 12
1961 3,470 3,464 6
1962 3,183 3,173 10
1963 2,755 2,744 11
1964 2,718 2,708 10
1965 2,330 2,322 8
1966 1,833 1,833 0
1967 1,639 1,639 0
1968 1,412 1,403 9
1969 1,317 1,310 7
1970 1,259 1,250 9
1971 1,062 1,062 0
1972 910 910 0
1973 951 951 0
1974 964 957 7
1975 956 949 7
1976 906 899 7
1977 789 789 0
1978 776 776 0
1979 735 735 0
1980 744 738 6
1981 717 712 5
1982 633 633 0
1983 659 659 0
1984 614 614 0
1985 566 566 0
1986 591 591 0
1987 533 528 5
1988 543 543 0
1989 536 536 0
1990 555 549 6
1991 536 530 6
1992 501 496 5
1993 445 445 0
1994 396 396 0
1995 390 390 0
1996 365 365 0
1997 337 337 0
1998 328 328 0
1999 327 327 0
2000 329 329 0
2001 299 299 0
2002 262 262 0
2003 226 226 0
2004 265 265 0
2005 244 244 0
2006 243 243 0
2007 252 252 0
2008 227 227 0
2009 227 227 0
2010 213 213 0
2011 211 211 0
2012 208 208 0
2013 218 218 0
2014 209 209 0
2015 221 221 0
2016 210 210 0

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Popularity of Sally as a first name

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Popularity of Sally as a last name

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Common last names for Sally

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  • Brown
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  • Williams
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  • Moore
  • Wilson
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • Cohen
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Lewis
  • Young
  • Thompson
  • Harris

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sally U.S.
  White 51.66% 64.26%
  African American 38.02% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.67% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.15% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sally

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

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Fun Facts about the name Sally

  • How Popular is the name Sally? Sally is the 363rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Sally was the 22,481st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sally have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 204,087 babies born with the first name Sally in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sally 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 Sally? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 80 new born babies.
  • When was Sally first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sally is Saturday, December 8th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Sally born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sally was in 1947 with a total of 5,266 babies. That's a lot of babies named Sally!
  • Random Sally Factoid: According to the 1936 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sally ranks 71st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Montana. Imagine that, 16 babies in Montana have the same name as you in 1936.
  • Weird things about the name Sally: Your name in reverse order is Yllas. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lyasl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sally? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,144 people with the last name Sally.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sally? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sally as their last name since less than 1 person in 256k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
  • 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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