English nature name
"holy day"

Holly Origin and Meaning

The name Holly is a girl's name of English origin.

Holly ranks just in British Top 50, but it's been out of favor here since the 1970s Era of Nickname Names. Still, the name may be on her way back as a rejuvenated nature pick.

Jolly Holly has always been among the favorite names for Christmas babies, evoking the symbolic shrub with dark green leaves and bright red berries. And Holly is the flower for the month of December, so it's also among the perfect names for December babies.

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. And in Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga, Holly and Jolly are siblings.

# 459 in the US

Holly Rank in US Top 1000

# 626 on Nameberry

Holly Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Holly Popularity

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Famous People Named Holly

  • Holly Marie CombsAmerican actress
  • Holly Elizabeth Robinson PeeteAmerican actress
  • Holly HunterAmerican actress
  • Holly FrazierAmerican reality TV personality ("Dance Moms")
  • Holly Marie WilloughbyEnglish TV presenter
  • Holly WalshEnglish comedienne and writer
  • Holly Sue MadisonAmerican reality TV star, model and ex,girlfriend of Hugh Hefner
  • Holly Victoria HaganEnglish reality TV personality ("Geordie Shore")
  • Holly RoweAmerican sportscaster
  • Holly DunnAmerican country music singer
  • Holly ColeCanadian jazz singer
  • Holly BlackAmerican novelist
  • Holly Anna Ramsay (b. 2000)daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay
  • Holly WoodlawnAmerican actress and Warhol Superstar
  • Holly Jade Peers (b. 1987) English Glamour Model

Holly in Pop Culture

  • Holly Golightlycharacter in book/movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
  • Holly Holidaycharacter on TV's "Glee"
  • "Holly Nather" novel by Sara Daniell and its main character
  • Holly Hillscharacter in the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series
  • Holly J Sinclaircharacter on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
  • Holly Stewartcharacter on TV's 'Rookie Blue'
  • Holly Genero McClanecharacter in the Die Hard movie series
  • Holly Shortcharacter from the Artemis Fowl series
  • Holly Whitebaby character on TV's "Breaking Bad"
  • Holly Herkimerfrom the TV series "Shameless"
  • Holly Hamiltonmain character from movie "The Perfect Man"
  • Princess Hollyfrom TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
  • Holly Tylercharacter on TV series "What I Like About You"
  • Holly Martencharacter on TV's 'Eureka'
  • Hollis Partridge "Holly" Flaxcharacter on TV's "The Office"
  • Holly Kennedycharacter in "P.S. I Love You"
  • Holly Altocharacter in "The Sims 3" computer game
  • HollywoodCalifornia, USA
  • Holly Whytecharacter in video game "Bravely Default"
  • Holly Wheelercharacter in Stranger Things
  • Hollygirlfriend of Jackson Meyer in YA novel "Tempest"
  • Holly HobbieAmerican writer and illustrator and the name of a fictional character and doll based on her
  • Holly (sometimes spelled "Holy") Joestar Kujocharacter in the manga/anime "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure"
  • Holly O'Hairyoungest twin princess daughter of Rapunzel in "Ever After High"

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