Latin from Greek
"cheerful, happy"

Hilary Origin and Meaning

The name Hilary is a boy's name of Greek, Latin origin meaning "cheerful, happy".

The only version that works for boys anymore is the Latinate Hilario or Ilario. Better to look to Felix for a happy-meaning name.

# 985 in the US

Hilary Rank in US Top 1000

# 4423 on Nameberry

Hilary Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Hilary

  • Saint Hilary of PoitiersFrench bishop
  • Saint Hilary of ArlesFrench bishop
  • Saint Hilary of GaleataItalian hermit
  • HilaryBishop of Chichester, England
  • Hilary MincPolish politician
  • Hilary Whitehall PutnamAmerican philosopher
  • Hilary Knightillustrator of the Eloise books

Hilary in Pop Culture

  • Hilary Norman "Norm" Petersoncharacter on TV's "Cheers"
  • Hilaryyoungest boy in "Five Children and It" by E. Nesbit
  • Hilary Beckercharacter on TV's "Primeval"
  • St Hilary's DayJanuary 12, traditionally the coldest day of the year

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