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Gender: F Origin of Holly: English nature name Holly's Popularity in 2013: #449

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Still just outside the British Top 25, but out of favor here since the 1970s Era of Nickname Names, Holly suddenly seems to be on her way back as a rejuvenated nature name. And she could get a further boost from Baby Holly, daughter of Walter and Skyler on Breaking Bad.

Jolly Holly has always been favored for girls born around Christmas, evoking the symbolic shrub with dark green leaves and bright red berries.

A memorable fictional Holly is the enigmatic heroine of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, Holly Golightly (almost named Connie, and with the full name Holiday), played indelibly by Audrey Hepburn; a real life one is actress Holly Hunter. Holly Short is a fairy character in Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl novels; in Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga, Holly and Jolly are siblings.

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Famous People Named Holly

Holly Marie Combs, American actress
Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete, American actress
Holly Hunter, American actress
Holly Frazier, American reality TV personality ("Dance Moms")
Holly Marie Willoughby, English TV presenter
Holly Walsh, English comedienne and writer
Holly Sue Madison, American reality TV star, model and ex-girlfriend of Hugh Hefner
Holly Victoria Hagan, English reality TV personality ("Geordie Shore")
Holly Rowe, American sportscaster
Holly Dunn, American country music singer
Holly Cole, Canadian jazz singer
Holly Anna Ramsay (b. 2000), daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay

Pop Culture References for the Name Holly

Holly Golightly, character in book/movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Holly Holiday, character on TV's "Glee"
"Holly Nather," novel by Sara Daniell and its main character
Holly Hills, character in the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series
Holly J Sinclair, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Holly Stewart, character on TV's 'Rookie Blue'
Holly Genero McClane, character in the Die Hard movie series
Holly Short, character from the Artemis Fowl series
Holly White, character on TV's "Breaking Bad"
Holly Herkimer, from the TV series "Shameless"
Holly Hamilton, main character from movie "The Perfect Man"
Princess Holly, from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Holly Tyler, character on TV series "What I Like About You"
Holly Marten, character on TV's 'Eureka'
Hollis Partridge "Holly" Flax, character on TV's "The Office"

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