English variation of Molly
"drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"

Polly Origin and Meaning

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

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.

# 798 in the US

Polly Rank in US Top 1000

# 504 on Nameberry

Polly Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Polly Popularity

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Famous People Named Polly

  • Polly Jean "P.J." HarveyBritish singer,songwriter
  • Pauline "Polly" AdamsEnglish actress
  • Pearl "Polly" AdlerAmerican madam and author
  • Polly BemisChinese,American pioneer
  • Polly Bergen (born Nellie Paulina Burgin)American singer and actress
  • Polly BerryAmerican slave who sued for her freedom
  • Polly BradfieldAmerican violinist
  • Polly BorlandAustralian photographer
  • Polly BrownEnglish singer
  • Polly Carey DraperAmerican actress
  • Polly DunbarEnglish author and illustrator
  • Polly DurantAmerican cellist
  • Polly Dean HollidayAmerican actress
  • Polly EmeryBritish actress
  • Pauline Theresa "Polly" MoranAmerican actress and comedian
  • Mary Marr "Polly" PlattAmerican film producer
  • Polly Celine Eveline MatzingerFrench immunologist
  • Polly ShannonCanadian actress
  • Polly Hannah KlaasAmerican child murder victim
  • Polly PaulusmaEnglish singer,songwriter
  • Polly Lucinda MaberlyEnglish actress
  • Polly ScattergoodEnglish singer,songwriter
  • Polly StenhamEnglish playwright
  • Mary Louisa "Polly" ToynbeeEnglish journalist
  • Polly Perkins (born Gillian Nessie Arnold)English actress and singer
  • Polly HorvathAmerican,Canadian children's author
  • Polly CokeViscountess Coke
  • Polly JamesEnglish actress
  • Polly SamsonEnglish novelist
  • Polly WardBritish singer and actress
  • Polly Alexandra WalkerEnglish actress
  • Polly YoungEnglish soprano and composer
  • Polly Ann YoungAmerican actress; sister of actress Loretta Young
  • Polly Maness (b. 2018)daughter of actress Erika Christensen and husband Cole Maness

Polly in Pop Culture

  • Aunt PollyTom Sawyer's guardian in the book/film by Mark Twain
  • Pauline "Polly" Fossilcharacter in Noel Streatfeild's "Ballet Shoes"
  • Polly Shermancharacter in "Fawlty Towers"
  • Polly Plummercharacter in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
  • Polly Wrightcompanion of the Doctor from BBCs Doctor Who
  • Polly Harpercharacter on TV's "Orange Is the New Black"
  • Polly Cooperolder sister of Betty in Archie Comics and TV's Riverdale
  • Polly Perkinsfrom movie "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"
  • Sweet Polly Purebredcharacter on animated series "Underdog"
  • Pollylibrarian in "The Cat Who" series by Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Polly Beckercharacter on British soap "EastEnders"
  • Polyhymnia "Polly" O'Keefecharacter in a series of books by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Polly Bakercharacter in the musical "Crazy for You"
  • Polly Kempcharacter in children's novel "The Wish Giver"
  • Elizabeth "Polly" Graycharacter on TV's "Peaky Blinders"
  • Polly Browncharacter in Kit Pearson's "The Whole Truth"
  • Polly Parsonscharacter in film "I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House"
  • Polly Pocketline of miniature dolls
  • Pollystereotypical parrot name ("Polly want a cracker")
  • "Polly" song by Nirvana
  • "Sweet Polly Oliver" English folk song about a cross,dressing girl
  • "Little Polly Flinders" English nursery rhyme
  • Polly Peachumcharacter in The Threepenny/Beggars Opera by John Gay and Bertholt Brecht
  • Paulina Mary "Polly" Home/de Bassompierrecharacter in Villette by Charlotte Bronte