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Gender: F Meaning of Hillary: "happy, cheerful" Origin of Hillary: Latin from Greek

This is the spelling of the name used by Mrs. Clinton, whose fame has temporarily taken this name off the table for babies. A pity, really, as it's got so much going for it: the popular, rhythmic three-syllable structure, the fact that it's strong but light, proper but jaunty, with an irresistible meaning -- having the same root as hilarious. The Italian Ilaria may be one way to make the name fresh.

Traditionally, Hilary was the form used for males and Hillary for females, but since there are so few boy Hilarys these days, that tradition has fallen by the wayside. A few other modern notables have laid claim to the name: musicians Hilary du Pre and Hilary Hahn, and actresses Hilary Swank and Hilary Duff.

Famous People Named Hillary

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, American politician; former First Lady; former New York State Senator; former U.S. Secretary of State; 2016 U.S. presidential candidate; first female presidential nominee in American history!
Hillary Dawn Scott, American country singer
Hillary Brooke (born Beatrice Sofia Mathilda Peterson), American actress
Hillary Wolf, American actress
Hillary Lindsey, American singer-songwriter
Hillary Bailey Smith, American actress
Hillary Dawn Scott, American singer

Pop Culture References for the name Hillary

Hillary Whitney Essex, character in book/movie "Beaches"
Hillary Banks, character on TV's "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"