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Gender: F Meaning of Molly: "bitter" Origin of Molly: Diminutive of Mary, Hebrew Molly's Popularity in 2013: #102

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One nickname name that can be considered a classic: Molly has been used as a stand-alone pet form of Mary since the Middle Ages, and has been consistently popular as an independent name in the U.S. over the past several decades, just outside of the Top 100.

Likeable and down-to-earth, mild yet saucy, Molly has a distinctly Irish feel as well, with such Gaelic associations as 'Sweet Molly Malone' and the martyred reformers known as the Molly Maguires. In the Jewish culture, Molly Goldberg was an early television personality.

Other references include the Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher and the Molly Bloom character in James Joyce's Ulysses, as well as characters in novels by Fielding, Hardy, George Eliot, Dickens and Thackeray. More recently, "Good Golly, Miss Molly" was a Little Richard hit and Molly Ringwald a celebrity bearer.

Amanda Peet is the mother of a Molly, as are Monica Potter and Veronica Webb.

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Famous People Named Molly

Molly Kathleen Ringwald, American actress
Molly Quinn, American actress
Molly Shannon, American actress
Molly Simms, American actress and model
Molly June Benioff (b. 2010), Daughter of Amanda Peet and David Benioff
Molly Joan Hagan, American actress
Molly Ariel, daughter of actress Cybill Shepherd; twin of Cyrus Zachariah
Molly, daughter of British musician Liam Gallagher
Molly Neuman, member of the riot grrrl band Bratmoblie
Molly Williams, America's first female firefighter

Pop Culture References for the Name Molly

Molly McIntire, from the 'American Girl' doll collection
Molly Weasley, The Matriarch of the Weasley Family in the Harry Potter series
Molly Brown, character on the movie Titanic
The Unsinkable Molly Brown, musical
Molly Hooper, a character on the television show Sherlock
Molly Moon, book series by Georgia Byng
Molly Morgan, a main character on The Torkelsons
Molly Phillips, a main character on the show So Weird
Flogging Molly, punk rock band
Molly, pure MDMA (main ingredient in the drug Ecstasy)
Molly Jones, character in the Beatles song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
"Anna Molly", a song by Incubus
Molly Lansing-Davis, character on soap opera General Hospital
Molly Parker, character on "The Facts of Life"
Molly the Dolly from The Big Comfy Couch
Molly Baker, character in TV series, 'Sailor Moon'

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