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Gender: F Origin of Polly: English variation of Molly Meaning of Molly: Diminutive of Mary, Hebrew, "bitter"

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An alternative to the no-longer-fresh Molly, the initial 'P' gives Polly a peppier sound, combining the cozy virtues of an old-timey name with the bounce of a barmaid.

Associated with Tom Sawyer's aunt, 'Polly, put the kettle on,' parrots, Polly Peachum, Nirvana and Kinks songs, and the movie Along Came Polly, as well as characters in Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes, C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia and now on the Netflix show Orange is the New Black, Polly never achieved the comeback that her cousin did, perhaps because she sounds too Pollyanna-ish. But although she has been off the Social Security list for decades, Polly is Number 457 on Nameberry.

But we'd love to see some new baby Pollys.

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Pop Culture References for the Name Polly

Polly Pocket, line of miniature dolls
Aunt Polly, Tom's guardian in "Tom Sawyer" (1876) by Mark Twain; based in part on the author's mother
Pauline "Polly" Fossil, of Noel Streatfeild's "Ballet Shoes"
Polly, character from "The Magician's Nephew" by C. S. Lewis
"Polly", song by Nirvana
"Little Polly Flinders," an English nursery rhyme, first recorded c.1805
Polly Harper, character from Netflix original show "Orange is the New Black"
Polly, stereotypical parrot name ("Polly want a cracker")
Polly Perkins, from movie "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"
Sweet Polly Purebred, character on animated series "Underdog"
Polly, the protagonist's librarian girlfriend in "The Cat Who" mystery series by Lilian Jackson Braun

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